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Health Disparities Roundup – Friday, December 21, 2012

Image Credit: iStock photo

Image Credit: iStock photo

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

Rand Corporation: What Happens When a ‘Food Desert’ Gets an Oasis? – “With two of every three Americans now overweight or obese (PDF), the national health crisis spans all populations. However, one of the groups hit hardest by this trend is residents of low-income, urban neighborhoods.  Many of these areas have been characterized as “food deserts” due to their lack of fresh, healthy foods. Policymakers have attempted to improve access to healthy dietary choices in these neighborhoods by leveraging hundreds of millions of public and private dollars to encourage the placement of full-service grocery stores. >> Read More

The Final Call: Failing health in U.S. equals rising costs – “Having poor health in the U.S. costs money, and not just a small amount, but billions of dollars. Ultimately, those costs are heaped on the backs of poor and minority communities. Health disparities as a whole, which disproportionately affect Blacks and Latinos cost the U.S. economy $82.2 billion in direct health care spending and lost productivity in 2009. The price tag for Blacks was a whopping $54.9 million followed by $22 billion for Latinos. And over 90 percent of these same costs felt were in urban areas.” >> Read More

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Why Does Education Matter So Much to Health? – “While it’s known that education leads to better jobs and higher income, research also shows strong links between education and longevity, reduced risk of illness, and increased vitality and school success for future generations. Yet, changing demographic trends and rising college costs portend poorly for health.” >> Read More

the ct mirror: Welcoming, and wary of, a focus on mental health – “Earlier this year, advocates turned out in force to oppose a proposal to allow people with mental illnesses who are not hospitalized to be medicated, even if they object, if remaining unmedicated would leave them or others at risk of harm. The concept could be revisited in the wake of the Newtown shooting. The way discussions about the mental health system are framed risks further stigmatizing people with mental illness, Schwartz said. This is important because the stigma associated with mental illness can be a major barrier to people getting treatment and early interventions that could stave off larger problems, experts say. That’s not to say they don’t welcome a discussion about mental health.” >> Read More

Fox News Latino: Immigrant Moms Face Challenge of Adapting to U.S.-Type Meals – “Latino immigrant mothers, especially those who live in rural areas and subsist on low incomes, face “serious challenges” to preparing nutritious meals, according to a new study. The study, published this week in the Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, says that Hispanic mothers have problems when they want to serve healthy, nourishing food to their youngsters as they confront “new food environments.”” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Breast Cancer Preventive Care Among Hispanic Women Is Often Overlooked – “A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) suggested women receive too many mammograms, thus increasing their likelihood for misdiagnosis and unneeded treatments. For Hispanic women, however, preventative care when it comes to breast cancer is often overlooked, leading to later diagnoses and a higher mortality rate. Socioeconomic factors and lack of access to health care further hinder Latinas from receiving adequate screenings.” >> Read More

Common Health Reform and Reality: Experts: How To Talk To Kids About School Shootings – Would that it were not so, but we are all too well-practiced at breaking the news of horrifying events to our children. As one teacher put it: “We can’t just tell them they’re safe anymore.” Not even at school. But at least all that experience means we have specialists familiar with how to inform and comfort children in — that much-loved phrase — developmentally appropriate ways. >> Read More

Huffington Post: Children’s Mental Health After the Shooting in Newtown – “The world has been shocked by the terrible tragedy in Newtown, Conn., where a shooting in a primary school has resulted in the loss of 20 young children and six adults, in addition to the shooter and his mother. Our thoughts and hearts go out to their families, friends, and community, as well as to the professionals involved.  In the wake of a disaster of horrific impact and proportions, be it human-made or the result of catastrophic forces of nature (as climate change has brought all too frequently in recent times), many wonder about children’s responses to traumatic events and how best to support them. In addition, many children who themselves were not directly affected will be exposed to relentless media footage, potentially propagating distress and calling for helpful responses by parents, relatives and teachers.” >> 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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