Here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.
the ct mirror: ‘Heating gap’ grows for Connecticut’s poor – “The gap between what Connecticut’s poorest families need to heat and light their homes — and what they can actually afford — continues to grow, according to a new study from energy assistance advocates. About 290,000 households with incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level face an average gap $2,304 between their annual energy costs, and their available resources, Operation Fuel reported late last week.” >> Read More
Voxxi: Eliminating health disparities would save the U.S. billions of dollars – “According to a report from the National Urban League (NUL) the bulk of the cost of the nation’s health disparities fall on the shoulders of African-Americans and Hispanics. “In 2009, health disparities cost the U.S. economy $82.2 billion in direct health care spending and lost productivity. African Americans bore the majority of that cost with $54.9 billion, followed by Hispanics with $22 billion,” said NUL in a statement. “The Southern region of the country had the highest economic burden associated with health disparities with $35 billion, and the West had the next highest with $26 billion.” >> Read More
New York Times: Study Finds Modest Declines in Obesity Rates Among Young Children From Poor Families – “A new national study has found modest declines in obesity among 2- to 4-year-olds from poor families, a dip that researchers say may indicate that the obesity epidemic has passed its peak among this group. The study, by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drew on the height and weight measurements of 27 million children who were part of the federal Women, Infants and Children program, which provides food subsidies to low-income mothers and their children up to the age of 5.” >> Read More
Huffington Post: When Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: The Link Between Sugary Drinks and African-American Health Disparities – “We’re all familiar with the statistics. African-Americans have higher rates of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension and end stage renal disease. Medical science has demonstrated that each and every one of these chronic diseases that undermine our health and length of life are highly correlated with the obesity epidemic. Yet, it seems that our community has been in a state of suspended disbelief with regard to the evidence.”>> Read More
New America Media: Despite Poverty Today, Latinos May Define Rules in Aging America – “The combination of today’s generation of Hispanic seniors and Latino boomers, who are now starting to reach age 67, could provide the U.S. some keys for understanding the nation’s changing needs. As Latinos showed in the November election their political power may well influence policies in many areas, from immigration reform, perhaps, to future new policies for aging in America.” >> Read More