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Health Disparities Roundup – February 22, 2013

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

Consumers Union: Report Highlights Potential of Health Information Technology to Reduce Health Disparities – “Communities of color could see significant improvements in their health through strategic use of emerging technologies in health care, according to a new report, Equity in the Digital Age: How Health Information Technology Can Reduce Disparities. The report was released today by health and consumer advocacy organizations at a White House Summit on Achieving eHealth Equity hosted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Office of Minority Health, and ZeroDivide.” >> Read More

Fox News: Bridging the gap for heart health disparities – “Because February is American Heart Month, the NIH is trying to raise awareness through the Heart Truth campaign to reach certain individuals.  The campaign aims to educate women that the leading cause of death for them is heart disease – and she hopes the campaign will motivate people to take action and reduce their risk. Cook noted, like so many other diseases, heart disease does not discriminate – and it doesn’t matter what you wear, who you are or where you live. But, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk and help educate those around you.” >> Read More

Medical News Today: Negative Obesity Coverage In Black Newspapers Could Discourage African-American Community From Taking Action – “Obesity rates have increased dramatically in the last few decades. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, while African Americans are only 13 percent of the total population, 82 percent of black women are overweight or obese compared to nearly 60 percent of white women, and more than 70 percent of black males are classified as overweight or obese. A new study from the University of Missouri School of Journalism shows that American newspapers, and specifically newspapers geared toward an African-American audience, frame stories on obesity in a negative way. Hyunmin Lee, who performed her research while a doctoral student at MU, says this negative framing could have damaging effects on African Americans looking to lose weight.” >> Read More

Montgomery Advertiser: Health & fitness: Sociologist outlines health disparities – “America is at a crossroads in terms of its health, a noted scholar and sociologist believes, and there could be some dire consequences ahead if we can’t make some improvements — and fast. Some national experts predict that because of the rise of obesity and its associated side effects — cardiovascular disease and diabetes among them — that the next generation of America’s kids will live sicker and shorter lives than their parents” >> Read More

Take Part: We’re All Created Equal—But Not When It Comes to Health – “They’re called “health disparities.” It’s a fancy term that basically means some people get better healthcare, or are healthier to begin with, than others, thanks primarily to differences in economic and social status. For example, if you’re a black or Hispanic person in the U.S. and you head to the emergency room for treatment, you’re less likely than a white person to be given enough medication to control your pain. And as TakePart reported in our recent series on the extraordinary burden faced by some Americans with cancer, if you are unlucky enough to get cancer and not have health insurance, you’re twice as likely to die of the disease.” >> Read More

National Cancer Institute: NIH/NCI Research, Prevention and Training Initiatives Addressing CHD among African Americans – “Despite recent declines in cancer death rates among African Americans and tremendous advances in cancer prevention and treatment, African Americans continue to experience a disproportionately higher share of the cancer burden.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Heart Health Awareness Lags For Black Women, Study Says: 5 Ways To Close The Gap – “African-American women are 1.6 times more likely than non-Hispanic whites to have high blood pressure, putting them ahead of the pack when it comes to heart disease risk. But a new study in the American Heart Association journal, Circulation, shows that the same group is lagging behind when it comes to knowing what the risk factors for heart disease are.” >> Read More

Fox News LatinoLose Weight, Win Money: Websites Pay Up As the Pounds Come Off – “Kimberly Calliari paid $300, lost 51 pounds and won $1,200. That all happened after she signed up for two challenges on, a website that lets dieters bet their own money that they’ll meet a weight loss goal. HealthyWage is one of several wagering websites that have launched in the past few years, including and GymPact, a smartphone app, pushes people to go to the gym or get charged for it. All of the sites work differently, but have the same premise: get healthy or risk losing your cash.” >> Read More

Hartford Courant: U.S. issues final word on essential benefits under ‘Obamacare’ – “WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Wednesday issued its long-awaited final rule on what states and insurers must do to provide the essential health benefits required in the individual and small-group market beginning in 2014 under the healthcare reform law. A cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s plan to enhance the breadth of healthcare coverage in the United States, the mandate allows the 50 U.S. states a role in identifying benefit requirements and grants insurers a phased-in accreditation process for plans sold on federal healthcare exchanges.” >> Read More

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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