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Health Disparities Roundup – Friday, January 4, 2013

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Here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

HT Health: Hispanic pregnancies fall in U.S. as women choose smaller families – “Hispanic women in the United States, who have generally had the highest fertility rates in the country, are choosing to have fewer children. Both immigrant and native-born Latinas had steeper birthrate declines from 2007 to 2010 than other groups, including non-Hispanic whites, blacks and Asians, a drop some demographers and sociologists attribute to changes in the views of many Hispanic women about motherhood. As a result, in 2011, the American birthrate hit a record low, with 63 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44, led by the decline in births to immigrant women. The national birthrate is now about half what it was during the baby boom years, when it peaked in 1957 at 122.7 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age. The decline in birthrates was steepest among Mexican-American women and women who immigrated from Mexico, at 25.7 percent. This has reversed a trend in which immigrant mothers accounted for a rising share of births in the United States, according to a recent report by the Pew Research Center. In 2010, birthrates among all Hispanics reached their lowest level in 20 years, the center found.” >> Read More

PR Wire: RWJF Twitter Campaign in January 2013 to Focus on Health Care Disparities – ” Even after controlling for factors such as insurance coverage and socioeconomic status, significant racial and ethnic inequalities persist in U.S. health care. That’s why Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change is actively studying, developing and implementing strategies to reduce racial and ethnic gaps in care.” >> Read More

KevinMD.com: How health reform can eliminate health disparities – “As millions of Americans gain health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, we have an unprecedented opportunity to work on eliminating health disparities based on race, income and insurance status. Several states, including California, soon will begin marketing their Health Benefits Exchanges (in our state it’s called “Covered California”). Through these exchanges, millions will enroll in health plans and expanded Medicaid programs for coverage that takes effect in January 2014.” – Read More

ABC Univision: Decline in Obesity for Young Children in Low-Income Communities – Conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), the study shows that the percentage of children between the ages of two and four who were obese fell to 14.9 percent in 2010 from 15.2 percent in 2003. This shift came after rates rapidly increased between 1998 and 2003. The study, published on Wednesday, also found that extreme obesity had declined within the same demographic, falling to 2.07 percent in 2010 from 2.22 percent in 2003. The findings were based on polling data from 30 states and spanned from 1998 to 2010.Hispanics were counted among the groups that experienced modest declines in obesity within this age group. This marks the reversal of a startling trend in the Latino community where 38.2 percent of Latino children between the ages of 2 and 19 are either overweight or obese, according to a study conducted by the Leadership for Healthy Communities in 2010. In comparison, 31.7 percent of all children fell within the same categorization.” >> Read More

the ct mirror: Report: Mental health care system fragmented, inadequate – “There are too few hospital beds and child psychiatrists for people seeking mental health and substance abuse treatment in Connecticut. There are too many barriers to getting services that could prevent crises. There’s too much pushback from insurers over covering inpatient care even after a patient attempts suicide. And people with private health insurance often face some of the biggest challenges to getting treatment, according to a report issued Wednesday by the state Office of the Healthcare Advocate.” >> Read More

Washington Post: Five ways your health care will change in 2013 – “The Affordable Care Act’s biggest year is, without a doubt, 2014: That’s when the federal subsidies to purchase health insurance roll out. It’s also when penalties for not buying coverage kick in. But many of the big changes will start gradually in 2013. They range from increasing payments to Medicaid doctors to upping Medicare taxes to the exchanges’ very first open-enrollment period. Here’s a quick guide to what will happen in health care in the next year.” >> Read More

Salud Today Blog: Six Steps To Reduce Health Disparities – “Want to jump-start efforts to reduce racial/ethnic disparities in care in 2013? A new program, called Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change, is offering some resources to gain such momentum. Try out the program’s new FAIR Database, a comprehensive collection of summaries and systematic reviews of what’s worked in racial/ethnic health disparities interventions. It can be searched by health topic (for instance: asthma, diabetes) or by strategy (for instance: pay for performance, nurse-led interventions). >> Read More

Connecticut Health FoundationThe Equivalent of a 747 Crashing in the US Every Day  – “An estimated 265 DAILY deaths are attributable to racial and ethnic health disparities – the equivalent of a 747 crashing in the US every day. While plane crashes generate public outcry, where is the outcry for disparities? This is just one of several things I heard at The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) 2012 Summit on the Science of Eliminating Health Disparities:  Integrating Science, Policy and Practice that really resonated with me, both personally and professionally.” >> 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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