Here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.
The Boston Globe: Will national health reform close ethnic and racial disparities? – “National health reform is designed to help everyone who lacks medical coverage, but minority groups stand to benefit most — simply because they have the farthest to go. One-third of Hispanics and more than 20 percent of African-Americans nationwide lack health insurance. But the law’s provisions — most of which take effect in January 2014 — will effectively cut by half the number of African-Americans who are uninsured, and significantly improve coverage rates for Hispanics.” >> Read More
Reuters: Poor people participate in cancer trials less often – “Poor people are less likely to take part in clinical trials for new cancer drugs, which can make it harder to develop treatments, according to a new study. “Cancer clinical trials are how we move the field forward. As a result of patients not participating in clinical trials, it takes a lot longer and it’s much more expensive to develop new therapies,” said Dr. Dawn Hershman, who worked on the study.” >> Read More
Chron: Native Americans say health care promises here not fulfilled – “Almost 20 percent of Houston-area Native Americans make less than $15,000 a year, and 40 percent earn less than $35,000, often making health care a luxury, according to the Census’ American Community Survey. The primary reason for delayed care is the same as for many other Americans – unaffordable costs – but Native Americans say they face additional barriers.” >> Read More
Huffington Post: CDC Reaches Out to LGBT People in Smoking Cessation Ads – “We do have a large smoking disparity. It’s very likely that smoking is the single greatest health issue stealing years off the lives of LGBT people. CDC just released the first national data, and it showed that LGBT people smoke cigarettes at rates that are nearly 70-percent higher than the general population.” >> Read More
CT Checkup Blog: State cuts medical home incentives for health centers – “The state is trying to encourage health care providers to take a more active role in Medicaid patients’ care, but as part of a budget cutting move, officials have cut off incentive payments for community health centers that do so. The $900,000 cut eliminates money that was intended to compensate health centers for serving as “patient-centered medical homes” that take a proactive approach to patients’ health and coordinate their care. Funding to encourage other health care providers to serve as medical homes is not affected by the cut, but critics say it could still cause some doctors to reconsider whether to participate in the state’s medical home program. >> Read More
NBC Latino: Census might make “Hispanic” a race – “The Census Bureau is considering whether to make “Hispanic” a racial instead of an ethnic category. One of the reasons this is being considered is that the Census says it is Latinos who predominantly fill the “some other race” category or leave the race question blank. In the 2010 Census, for example, the Census reports that 7.1 percent of households picked “some other race”, and the majority of these households were Latino. In 2010, the Census sent out alternative questionnaires to half a million households, including a significant number of Latino families, which gave respondents a chance to mark Hispanic as a combined race and origin category. In those forms, says Census officials, the “some other race” answer went down .2 percent, compared to the general questionnaire, compared to 7.1 percent in the general Census form.” >> Read More
Voxxi: LALDEF: Improving Hispanic health by increasing access to health care – “The Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF) is a non-profit organization created in 2004 and based in Trenton, New Jersey. Its mission is to defend the rights of Latin Americans in the U.S., increase access to health care and education opportunities, and to promote community cross-cultural understanding. LALDEF prides itself on being a conduit between local community services and immigrants, offering a means to overcome barriers related to culture and mistrust.” >> Read More