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Health Disparities Roundup – Friday, February 24, 2012

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

Elev8: African Americans Face Triple Threat Of Hepatitis C – More Americans die as a result of hepatitis C infection annually than from HIV-related causes, pointing out the need for expanded screening and improved access to care for hepatitis C, government researchers report. African Americans face a “triple whammy” when it comes to the hepatitis C virus, a new study finds.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Cutting-Edge Technology Can Make Health Care Law Better – “Specifically, they will determine whether these low income Americans — a disproportionate number of whom are black and Hispanic — will be allowed to use the same enrollment tools that are available to higher income individuals. At question is whether the states will be allowed to give individuals who qualify for premium subsidies the option of enrolling through private Internet marketplaces as well as through their newly created exchanges.” >> Read More

Health Affairs: ACOs And Inequity: Lessons From No Child Left Behind – “An African-American in the US can expect to live about 5 years shorter than the average White American. Among Whites alone, those with less than a high school education had a death rate 4.4 times higher than those with college degrees or greater in 2001—and that ratio appears to be rising.” >> Read More

New York Times: New Rules Planned for School Vending Machines Nationwide – “Advocates for the new vending machine restrictions expect a similar battle; after all, according to a study by the National Academy of Sciences, about $2.3 billion worth of snack foods and beverages are sold annually in schools nationwide, The Times reports.” >> Read More Seeking advice: Minority health care students to gain insight into careers – “’The ultimate goal is to increase the number of minority dentists and physicians in the work force,’ says Dr. Alden Landry, co-founder of the tour. ‘The data is out to show there is a need for more minority physicians.” Landry is referring to statistics that minorities make up 26 percent of the U.S. population, however, African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans combined represent 6 percent of practicing physicians.” >> Read More

Chicago News: Small Steps in a Food Desert – “Shortly after taking office, Emanuel promised to halve the city’s so-called food deserts–neighborhoods without healthy food outlets–by the end of his first term. But in the eight months since he gathered chief executives from major grocery chains and pushed them to put stores in underserved communities, few have opened.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Shame on Us: Intolerable Inequality in U.S. Infant Mortality – “Among African Americans, as well as the general population, preterm births (less than 37 weeks) and low birth-weight (less than five pounds, six ounces) are leading causes of infant mortality. The prevalence of preterm births in the United States is the chief reason we rank so poorly compared to other wealthy countries. In Sweden, for instance, 6.3 percent of births were premature, compared with 12.4 percent in the United States in 2005, the latest year for which international rankings are available.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Quitting Smoking Harder for Poor — American Heart Month: Day 18 – “Tobacco use is a leading contributor to socioeconomic health disparities in the United States. Cardiovascular disease is the nation’s number one killer of both men and women. Americans with household incomes of $15,000 or less smoke at nearly 3 times the rate of those with incomes of $50,000 or more, according to the Centers for Disease Control.” >> 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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