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Health Disparities Roundup – August 23, 2013

Just in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

The Examiner: Language problems cause delays diagnosing autism in Latino children – “Language barriers significantly contribute to delays in diagnosing Latino children with autism, according to a study published August 19. Almost 75 percent of primary care pediatricians (PCPs) experienced problems with communication and cultural differences when assessing Latino children, reports Dr. Katherine Zuckerman from Oregon Health and Sciences University and her colleagues. The study, published in Pediatrics, surveyed 267 primary care pediatricians in California.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: What the Affordable Care Act Means to Communities of Color – “There are many ways we can measure the impact of the Affordable Care Act – from the more than 500,000 previously uninsured African American young adults who have gained coverage from a parent’s health plan, to the 10.2 million uninsured Latinos who will be eligible for coverage through the Marketplace, to the 7.3 million African Americans and 8.2 million Latinos who already had insurance but can now receive preventive services, such as diabetes and cancer screenings, at no extra cost.” >> Read More

The Wall Street Journal: Health Overhaul Targets Hispanics – “Insurers and the Obama administration are racing to sign Hispanics up for coverage under the federal health overhaul, eager to reach a segment of the U.S. population that offers huge opportunity but also presents many challenges. When WellPointInc.  asked a group of 20 uninsured Hispanics to review educational materials on the new law earlier this year, many had simple questions: What is health insurance? And how does it work? About 10.2 million of the 53 million Hispanics in the U.S. are uninsured and could qualify for coverage under the law, according to estimates from the Obama administration.”  >> Read More Study: LGB New Yorkers Face Stark Health Disparities – “The comprehensive report discovered that one in five white lesbian and gay students had missed school in the past 30 days due to feeling unsafe. While black and Latino LGB youth reported slightly lower rates of truancy, the report makes clear that school safety is a significant issue for LGB youth.  Among high school students, almost 20% of lesbian and bisexual females reported being forced to have sex, while 18.4% of bisexual men and 15.4% of gay men reported such assaults. The prevalence of forced sex among heterosexual students was 4.6% for males and 7% for females. The study also revealed that LGB youth are much more likely to be the victims of intimate partner violence than are straight youth.”  >> Read More

Huffington Post: Affordable Care Act: Creating Health Access for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders – “Through provisions of the Affordable Care Act, more Americans will have access to affordable health care coverage. For Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the law’s benefits will help reduce disparities in both health care and health outcomes through expanded insurance coverage and better access to high-quality health care services. For example, the Affordable Care Act has enabled 121,000 young Asian American and Pacific Islanders ages 19 to 25 to gain health coverage, because they can now stay on their parents’ plans until age 26. Also, about 3.8 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders with private insurance have gained expanded coverage of free preventive care, such as mammograms, diabetes screenings, and hepatitis A and B vaccines for infants, children, and adults.” >> Read More

Medical XPress: Child health concerns vary among different races, ethnicities – “The top three health issues are the same for whites, who made up the majority of the 1,996 respondents who were nationally representative. Hispanics also rated childhood obesity at number one (47 percent) but rank bullying number two at 43 percent and drug abuse third at 39 percent. Among blacks, the differences are more striking. This group ranks childhood obesity sixth. Smoking and tobacco use is first, (40 percent), followed by drug abuse (34 percent) and school violence (33 percent). Sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS, came in fourth and teen pregnancy fifth.” >> Read More


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About Gina Hernandez

Gina Hernandez is a Program Director at the Society for New Communications Research and has worked 7+ years in the digital communications field. Prior to joining the Society for New Communications Research, Gina worked at re: Imagine group, where she where she led media and blogger outreach and agency research.

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