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Health Disparities Roundup – Friday, February 10, 2012

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

NPR Shots
: Teen Pregnancies Hit New Low, But Disparities Remain – “The report shows that about 7 percent of U.S. teen girls between the ages of 15 to 19 were pregnant in 2008 — a decline from the high of more than 11 percent in 1990. Abortions among teen girls fell from a peak of more than 4 percent in 1988 to about 1.8 percent in 2008, the latest year for which data are available. While overall rates have dropped, there is still a major gap separating white, Hispanic and black teenagers.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: The Democratization of Health Care: Clinical Research and Quality Health Care for Minority Populations – “Yet despite overall improvements in survivorship rates for the general population, the African American community continues to be disproportionately affected by cancer. Specifically, the ACS report reveals that, “For all cancer sites combined, African American men have a 15% higher incidence rate and a 33% higher death rate than white men, whereas African American women have a 6% lower incidence rate but a 16% higher death rate than white women.” >> Read More

Health Canal: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Obesity Start in Childhood, Making Early Intervention Essential – “Disparities in obesity prevalence and risk factors are already evident in minority populations by the preschool years, emphasizing the need for early interventions to prevent and manage childhood obesity, according to an article in a special issue of the journal Childhood Obesity celebrating the second anniversary of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative.” >> Read More

Urban Institute: How Do the Top 100 Metro Areas Rank on Racial and Ethnic Equity?  – “The Urban Institute’s MetroTrends research team has created an interactive report card on racial and ethnic equity in the nation’s top 100 metropolitan areas. A brief commentary by Margery Austin Turner, the Institute’s vice president for research, accompanies the map.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Planned Parenthood: Komen Was A Fabulous Opportunity; Black Women Benefiting (VIDEO)  – “As the dust settles on last week’s Susan G. Komen funding shakeup, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is directing their focus onto the needs of a community where breast cancer, STIs and other reproductive health disparities are outpacing most other groups — African-American women.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: The Affordable Care Act: Preventing Chronic Diseases – “The four strategic directions are: creating healthy and safe community environments; expanding access to quality clinical and community preventive health service; empowering people to make healthy choices; and eliminating health disparities.” >> Read More

The Grio: HIV/AIDS and Black America: How we can end the epidemic – “Despite initially being mischaracterized, HIV/AIDS has disproportionately affected black Americans since the very beginning of the epidemic. Today we comprise 14 percent of the U.S. population but account for 44 percent of all new HIV infections. Young black gay and bisexual men are especially at risk. Meanwhile the estimated rate of new HIV infections for black women is more than 15 times as high as the rate for white women, and more than three times as high as that of Latina women.” >> Read More

UT San Diego: Poor, minority residents face most health risks with climate change – “The department examined social and environmental factors ranging from the rising sea level to public transportation access and found that African Americans and Latinos living in these counties are more likely to be exposed to health and safety risks related to poor air quality, heat waves, flooding and wildfires stemming from climate change.” >> Read More

Pulse + Signal: The Connecticut Health Foundation Leadership Fellows – “Achieving Health Equity – Every Connecticut resident should have access to quality health care. But it’s not that simple. Because of language and cultural barriers, inherent societal bias, and other factors, health disparities exist in racial and ethnic populations, even when there is ready access to health care.” >> 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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