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Health Disparities Roundup – Friday, January 25, 2013

Image Credit: iStock Photo

Image Credit: iStock Photo

Here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week. KP Member Health Survey: Vitamin D supplementation lags among people who may need it most – “National nutrition surveys have found higher levels of vitamin D deficiency among blacks and Latinos compared with whites. The Member Health Survey found that black and Latino women are less likely than whites to be getting vitamin D from dietary supplements. They also identified ethnic and racial disparities in vitamin D supplementation among obese, diabetic and hypertensive adults, conditions that may be affected by insufficient vitamin D levels. In the 25 to 50 age group, black (48%) and Latina (47%) women were significantly more likely than white women (35%) to be getting no vitamin D from dietary supplements; the results in the 51 to 85 age group were similar, with 37% of black, 35% of Latina and 26% of white women not taking vitamin D supplements. In both age groups, black women were half as likely as white women to be getting vitamin D from both multivitamins and calcium with D supplements.” >> Read More

NewLondonPatch: Needs Assessment Identifies Obesity, Access To Care As Main Health Issues In New London County – “New London County has a higher than average obesity rate as well as issues involving access to health care, according to a community health needs assessment study. Lawrence & Memorial Hospital issued the results of the study this morning. The assessment identifies cancer and access to care as the top prioritized community health needs, followed by issues related to cancer, sexual health, mental and behavioral health, and asthma. The hospital hired Holleran Consulting of Lancaster, Pa., to conduct the study in 2012. Janeen Maxwell, a health and human services consultant with the company, said the goal of the study is to identify health priorities and set goals and strategies to address them. According to the study, 26 percent of adults in New London County reported a body mass index of 30 or greater, indicating obesity, in 2010. The percentage of obese adults in Connecticut at the time was reported as 23.1 percent.” >> Read More

The Hartford Guardian: African Americans Negotiate Mental Illness, Black Pain – “Although African-Americans have the same rate of mental illness as whites, nearly 60 percent do not receive care, according to a 2004 Mayo Clinic study.  Only about 30 percent seek counseling, and they tend to be overrepresented among inpatient or residential treatment patients and underrepresented in outpatient care, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report.  In 2010, 19.7 percent of blacks 18 or older had a mental illness. And 4.4 percent of blacks ages 18 or older suffered from a serious mental illness. The implications are far-reaching and grim. Societal factors such as high homicide rates, high school dropout rate, high unemployment nationwide, and even higher in urban communities, are indicators that increase African Americans’ chances of developing mental illness, according to a 2009 Health Disparities report by the Connecticut Department of Public Health.” >> Read More

ct latino news: CT Homeless Shelters Noticing Alarming Trend – “While Latinos in Connecticut are overrepresented among clients using the state’s many homeless shelters, staff at the shelters in Hartford and Bridgeport have noticed a new trend. Some families from Puerto Rico head directly to the shelters upon arriving in Connecticut. “It is not unusual for individuals to come directly from the airport to the shelter, or to do so after staying very temporarily (usually less than one month) with friends or extended family members that encouraged them to relocate,” telling them about the services they could receive in Connecticut, said Heather K. Pilarcik, South Park Inn’s service coordinator.” >> Read More

San Francisco Chronicle: Asian Americans struggle with suicide – “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Asian American women ages 65 and older had a higher suicide rate – 6.5 per 100,000 – than any other racial or ethnic group between 2004 and 2007. White women had the next highest suicide rate: 4.3 per 100,000.” >> Read More

The Daily Sentinel: Losing Ground: Health Disparities – “The numbers are starkly worse in Colorado, where African American babies experience 14.5 deaths for each 1,000 births, according to an average of data from 2007 through 2011 calculated by the state health department.  That figure would place black Coloradans between the overall infant mortality rates of China and Colombia, according to a World Bank compilation of health data. The latest state numbers are scheduled to be published next spring but were provided in advance to I-News by the health department. Since the state’s first health disparity report in 2001, the infant mortality rate for whites has fallen 18 percent while for blacks it has fallen about 9 percent. And for Hispanics the rate has actually climbed over the past dozen years — from 7.2 deaths per thousand births in the 2001 study to 8 deaths per thousand in the most current numbers.”>> Read More

American Medical Association: Commission to End Health Disparities – Promoting Appropriate Use of Physicians’ non-English Language Skills in Clinical Care – “A new report from the Commission to End Health Care Disparities explores these complex issues and provides practical guidance to clinicians, care delivery organizations, and health care systems. It also provides a framework for future research on how physicians can best use their non-English language skills to provide safe, high quality care for patients with LEP.” >> 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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