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Health Disparities Roundup – Friday, February 17, 2012

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

California Healthline: Can Health Equity Be a Moneymaker? – “Californians from different cultures, who speak languages other than English or who live in remote areas are at risk for receiving less or less effective health care than the mainstream. Those same groups often have have a high percentage of chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure. In an era when more of these people have coverage with the expansion of Medi-Cal, and when health organizations are paid based on efficiency of care, those people may be the ticket to better overall treatment numbers, according to Shoemaker.” >> Read More

Mental Health in America: Mental Health America Celebrates Black History Month – “African Americans are a population that is less likely to seek help for mental illness. The lifetime prevalence rate of depression among African American women is 12.6 compared to 6.3 among African America men.” >> Read More

Chicago Tribune: Do Rich People Live Longer?: Wealthier people do live longer, but the reason isn’t as obvious as it seems – “According an analysis by from the Social Security Administration, life expectancy for 65-year-old men in the top half of the earnings distribution has increased by five years, to 21.5 more years. For those in the bottom half of the earnings distribution, life expectancy has increased just over one year, to 16.1 more years.” >> Read More

Jconline: Guest column: Medical community is reaching out – “The article quoted a physician stating that he believes that “another major factor contributing to this health disparity is a lack of access to appropriate screening and treatment within the Hispanic community.” >> Read More

Sustainable Life: Healthier foods come to low-income areas – “But some national experts say that food deserts may not be as much of a public health issue as many believe. Instead, they say, erasing food deserts is equally about sustainability – supporting local farmers, keeping local money circulating locally and encouraging residents to walk rather than drive to get their groceries.” >> Read More

Sacramento Bee: Raising a healthier generation of Americans – “At the end of the day, the strength of our communities, our economy and our national security depends on the health of our children.”  >> Read More

PHYSICIANS and HEALTH CARE REFORM Commentaries and Controversies: The Untold Story on PBS – The High Health Care Costs of Poverty – “On February 16th, PBS will air a documentary, “US Health Care: The Good News.” It’s a story about coordinated health care, and its message is simple and direct. Health care would be better and cheaper if high-cost cities, like New York, had systems of care that were as coordinated as in low-cost communities, like Grand Junction CO.” >> Read More

WebMd: Young Adults on Parents’ Health Insurance Have More Access to Care – “In the study, young adults had improved access to medical care in states with laws that let parents put them on their health policies compared to states where young people were not eligible for this extended coverage.” >> Read More

Kaiser Family Foundation: Mapping the Effects of the ACA’s Health Insurance Coverage Expansions – “Starting in 2014, most people who are uninsured or buying individual insurance with incomes up to four times the poverty level ($92,200 for a family of four and $44,680 for a single person in 2012) will be eligible for expanded coverage through Medicaid or tax credits to subsidize the cost of private insurance. See what share of the population might be helped in this way in a specific zip code.” >> Read More

Washington Post: The health insurance income gap – “The Commonwealth Fund is out today with a new report on the economic disparities that underlie gaps in insurance coverage in the United States. It finds that the majority of “low-income” families — those making less than $29,726, or 133 percent of the Federal Poverty Line, spent some time uninsured in the past year. That figure drops to 12 percent among those earning $89,400, or 400 percent of FPL.” >> ReadMore

Huffington Post: Why Is Women’s Health Fair Game for Political Football? – “It’s time to come together to focus on the complex challenges to women’s health — such as racial disparities in breast cancer mortality as well as access to the full range of reproductive health care choices (including contraception and abortion) for low-income women.” >> Read More

CT Mirror: Legislators, “red shirts” return to the Capitol – “As has become their custom, supporters of universal health care spent opening day of the legislative session at the Capitol wearing red “healthcare4every1” T-shirts and urging lawmakers to support alternatives to private health insurance. Last year, the effort was centered on SustiNet, a proposed state-run insurance plan. The proposal ran into opposition from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who raised concerns about its cost. A compromise passed that did not create a public insurance program, but supporters are now calling it a “building block” of reform.” >> Read More

Washington Posts: The health reform law’s biggest threat: 30,000 too few doctors – “The doctor shortage correlates with striking disparities between the health of its residents and those who live across the river. Ward 8 residents are eight times more likely to die of heart disease than residents of Washington’s tony upper Northwest neighborhoods in Ward 3, according to a 2008 Rand Corp. analysis. In Ward 8, 33.3 percent of adults are obese, compared with 9.3 percent in Ward 3.” >> 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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