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Health Disparities Roundup – Friday, February 1, 2013

 

Image Credit: iStock Photo

Image Credit: iStock Photo

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

Salud Today: Feb. 1 is ‘National Wear Red Day’ for Heart Disease Awareness – “In 2003, the American Heart Association faced a challenge: cardiovascular disease claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year, yet women were not paying attention. In fact, many even dismissed it as an “older man’s disease.” To dispel these myths of heart disease as the No. 1 killer of women, the American Heart Association, along with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute created National Wear Red Day to raise awareness of this critical issue. Each year, on the first Friday in February, millions of women and men come together to wear red, take action and commit to fighting this deadly disease.” >>  Read More

UConn Today: Improving Health Care for Cambodian-Americans – “Scarred by years of torture and abuse under the brutal Khmer Rouge regime, Cambodian refugees in the United States have been found to have significantly higher physical and mental health problems compared to the general population. Helping them address their health issues and receive sustained, adequate health care hasn’t been easy. Many of the refugees view Western medicine as complementary to traditional Cambodian healing practices – which may include Buddhist healers, herbalists, and acupuncture – and only visit a primary care physician infrequently. Language barriers, social isolation, lack of access to transportation, and limited financial resources create further impediments to receiving quality care.” >> Read More

Fox News Latino: Latinos Less Likely to Monitor Their Health, Survey Shows – “Latinos are less likely to keep tabs on their weight or diet, according to a Pew Research Center study released Monday,  About 51 percent of Latinos, compared to 60  percent of U.S. adults as a whole, track their weight, diet, or exercise routine, the findings show. Latinos are also slightly less likely to track health indicators or symptoms, like blood pressure, blood sugar, headaches, or sleep patterns. About 34 percent of Latinos say they have diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease, or cancer, as opposed to 47 percent of non-hispanic whites. And Latino adults are also less likely to report  having chronic conditions. “ >> Read More

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Public Health: Intersection of Transportation and Health: Q&A With Andrew Dannenberg – “Ed Christopher, who is with the Federal Highway Administration Resource Center Planning Team and co-chair of the health subcommittee, says that over the last ten years people in the transportation sector have become more aware of the connections between health and transportation including physical activity, safety, air quality, equity, and access, but that collaboration is still in its early stages. “Health and transportation professionals often come from different scientific backgrounds and have separate institutional structures,” says Christopher. Today’s session bring together the health subcommittee along with several others including committees on policy, legal resources, safety and public transportation. Christopher says the session will help “demystify” the connections between health and transportation, and identify promising opportunities for research and collaboration.” >> Read More

Knowxnews.com: Health care reform: Timeline for Affordable Care Act – “Jan. 1, 2013: In anticipation of Medicaid covering more patients, states are now required to pay primary-care physicians no less than 100 percent of Medicare payment rates in 2013 and 2014, with the federal government funding the increase.” >> Read More

Gazette.com: No easy cure for health disparities, expert says – “Among the hurdles to attacking disparities in health between ethnic and racial minorities and whites are the reality that some inequities have defied explanation and the differing views on what constitutes “fairness.” That’s the assessment of Dr. Paula Braveman, a national expert who has done extensive work on health issues that disproportionately affect minority and low-income groups.” >> Read More

the ct mirror: Hearing evokes varying views of mental illness – People with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other conditions spoke of facing discrimination, fears of being scapegoated for acts of violence and concerns about reactive policy changes — including an effort to allow for mandatory treatment. Parents of adult children with untreated mental illness described their frustration at being unable to require that their loved ones get treatment. Mental health professionals warned that cuts to services could have dire consequences. They stressed the importance of early diagnosis and intervention, and noted that people with serious mental illness are more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators of it. > 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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