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Health Disparities Roundup – Friday, April 6, 2012

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

KPCC: National Minority Health Month hopes to bring attention to health equity – “Heart disease, stroke and cancer are among the illnesses that continue to disproportionately affect minorities —especially among those from low-income communities. According to the American Heart Association, heart failure before age 40 is 20 times more common among blacks than among whites.” >> Read More

San Francisco Chronicle (Press Release via PR Web): U.S. Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program Launches 2012 Tour in California this May – The Diabetic Amputation Prevention Foundation (DAP) is proud to announce the return of the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program (BBHOP), which kicks off in the state of California, Saturday, May 12th, 2012.” >> Read More

Health News Digest: Minority Groups are at Greater Risk for Eye Disease and Blindness – “April is National Minority Health Month and, as with many health concerns, minority populations are at a greater risk for eye disease and visual impairment. For example, glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness among African Americans and Hispanics in the U.S. Three times as many African Americans have glaucoma than Caucasians, and four times as many are blind.” >> Read More

CBS New York: New Rankings Out For Healthiest Counties In NY, NJ, CT – “Is your county the healthiest in your state? Well, a new survey will answer that question.” >> Read More

EmpowHER: Study Aims to Help Latinas Thrive after Breast Cancer – “But for non-white and minority women, being diagnosed with breast cancer can be a very different experience. Minority women continue to fare worse than white women in terms of health status, rates of disability, and mortality, according to recent findings of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. For example, although Latinas have statistically lower breast cancer rates than non-Latina white women, they are more likely than white women to be diagnosed at a later stage, when the cancer is more advanced and harder to treat, and survival rates are lower.” >> Read More

The Economist: Beyond the mandate – “MARCH brought frenzied attention to Barack Obama’s health law. The Supreme Court heard arguments over its constitutionality. Outside the court, supporters waved their neatly printed posters and tea-partiers waved their scrawled, angry ones. The ruckus centred on Mr Obama’s mandate to buy insurance. America is the rare Western country without a universal insurance scheme. But, as a new study points out, a lack of insurance is only part of America’s health problem.” >> Read More

CBS News: Some Americans are not getting essential nutrients – “Most Americans are getting recommended amounts of vitamins, iron, and other essential elements in their diets, but women and some racial and ethnic groups may be low in certain key nutrients, a new government report shows.” >> Read More

Autism Speaks: Autism Prevalence Rises to 1 in 88 –  “Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its estimate of autism prevalence in the United States to 1 in 88 children (1 in 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls). By comparison, this is more children than are affected by diabetes, AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy or Down syndrome – combined.” >> Read More Poor, Minority Metro-Atlanta Neighborhoods Attract More Pollution –  “A new report released by GreenLaw appears to confirm this trend.  This report identifies eight types of air, water, and land pollution and compares them with demographic data for people living in a 14-county region in metro-Atlanta. To no surprise- research finds that low income and communities of color are more likely to live near and be disproportionately impacted by pollution than others.” >> Read More

The Office of Minority Health: Act Now in Your CommUNITY! – “April is National Minority Health Month. This year’s theme, Health Equity Can’t Wait. Act Now in Your CommUNITY!, is a call to action and unity for the regions, the state and local offices of minority health, the health departments and all the organizations and partners involved and invested in reducing health disparities.” >> Read More

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps: “The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program helps communities create solutions that make it easier for people to be healthy in their own communities, focusing on specific factors that we known affect health, such as education and income. Having health insurance and quality health care are important to our health, but we need leadership and action beyond health care. Ranking the health of nearly every county in the nation, the County Health Rankings illustrate what we know when it comes to what’s making people sick or healthy. The County Health Roadmaps show what we can do to create healthier places to live, learn, work and play. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation collaborates with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute to bring this groundbreaking program to cities, counties and states across the nation.” >> Click here to learn more about the data

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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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