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Health Disparities Roundup – Friday, April 13, 2012

Here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

Reuters: Sebelius seeks civil rights support for U.S. healthcare law – “Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sought to cast the two-year-old reform law as a vital weapon against racial disparities that have long condemned U.S. minorities to higher infant mortality rates, shorter lifespans and limited access to medical services.” >> Read More

BET: Experts Say Health Care Reform Saves Lives – “According to a research brief released by the Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday, 5.5 million insured African-Americans now have access to expanded preventive services such as well-child visits, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings and mammograms with no cost sharing. In addition, 410,000 young adults aged 19 to 25 have been able to stay on their parents’ health plans. In 2014, when the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented, approximately 3.8 million African-Americans who would otherwise be uninsured will gain access to coverage. It also will greatly expand the number of Black physicians and other health care workers.” >> Read More

KUOW: Study Links Neighborhood To Childhood Obesity – “Your children’s environment can make them fat. That’s according to a new study from Seattle Children’s Research Institute. KUOW’s Ruby de Luna reports the study supports the idea that the neighborhood you live in can affect the health of your child.” >> Read More

The Westside Gazette: Racism causes mental health disparities in African Americans – “The National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Survey [NVVRS] found racial differences in that 21 percent of Black as in comparison to 14 percent of white Veterans suffered from PTSD. In all conclusive studies of Veterans of color show that they experience greater levels of PTSD than their white counter-parts.” >> Read More

Monterey County Weekly: How the Affordable Care Act can saves lives in an era of healthcare disparity – “Many readers know that people of color are more likely to suffer from chronic illnesses, disease and die younger than their white counterparts. One of the important things the Affordable Care Act does is attempt to address health disparities. The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies reported in 2009 that reducing health disparities could prevent 85,000 deaths per year.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Poverty and Obesity: Breaking the Link – “Major contributing factors to the disproportional impact of obesity on low income populations in America include the barriers faced by people living in poverty in accessing healthy foods, a lack of nutrition education, a dearth of safe environments for physical activity and recreation, and food marketing targeted to this population.” >> Read More

CT Health Notes Blog: Connecticut moves up to a C+ on health reform – “This month Connecticut health care thought leaders give our state a C+ on health reform, up from a C in the March survey. Connecticut again received a slightly better grade, B-/C+, for effort. Medicaid is again the bright spot, earning a B.” >> Read More

PRWeb: San Diego Black Health Associates Join Forces with Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program for California Statewide Initiative – “The program anticipates screening approximately 1,500 African American men for diabetes and high blood pressure during the multi-city event. Participants will also receive healthy lifestyle education and medical resources for local clinics and physicians. “ >> Read More

Huffington Post: Health Equity Can’t Wait –“In 2014, new Affordable Insurance Exchanges will make it possible for families, individuals, and small business owners to shop for private health insurance in a new competitive marketplace in their state. And new data suggest that 5.4 million Latinos and 3.8 million African Americans who would otherwise be uninsured will gain coverage by 2016.” >> Read More

White House Blog: What the Health Law Means for the Latino Community – “Across the country, more than 50 million Latinos are part of our communities, classrooms and workplaces. And thanks to the health care law, the Affordable Care Act, an estimated 5.4 million Latinos will gain insurance coverage by 2016 under the new law, according to an issue brief released by HHS today (go here to read it in Spanish).“ >> Read More

Reuters: Kidney “living donations” favor some patient groups – “Americans who receive a kidney from someone who is not a relative tend to be white, highly educated and live in wealthier neighborhoods, according to a new study that calls for wider outreach to promote living donation.” >> Read More

Bossip: For Your Information: Black Women 40% More Likely To Develop Cervical Cancer, Twice As Likely To Die Because Of Issues Clearing HPV Virus – “Provocative new research might help explain why black women are so much more likely than whites to develop and die from cervical cancer: They seem to have more trouble clearing HPV, the virus that causes the disease. Doctors have long thought that less access to screening and follow-up health care were the reasons black women are 40 percent more likely to develop cervical cancer and twice as likely to die from it. The new study involving young college women suggests there might be a biological explanation for the racial disparity, too.” >> 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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