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Health Disparities Roundup – Friday, June 1, 2012

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

Huffington Post: Home Values May Depend on “Location, Location, Location” and So Does Your Health – “But did you know that there’s another factor largely outside of your control that has a lot to do with whether you’ll develop diabetes, how long you’ll live and if you’ll some day have a heart attack? This powerful factor also will help determine whether you’ll be treated with drugs for heart disease, or undergo cardiac bypass surgery; how likely it is that you’ll have a Cesarean section when you give birth; and if you’ll have surgery for back pain.” >> Read More

Politico: Closing the racial and generational divides – “After all, the demographic facts call for a national policy agenda that seizes the opportunity this boom of young people of color offers. Preparing today’s youth to help them reach their full potential will help them contribute to economic prosperity for all. Yet today, college degrees among the growing “new majority” are significantly lower than among white Americans. How do we do right by these kids? And do right by ourselves as a nation?” >> Read More

Reuters: Digital records show no effect on diabetes care – “Electronic health records have been held up as a way to improve medical care, but a new study suggests they are not necessarily making a difference in diabetes treatment.” >> Read More

The Root DC Live: Minority children affected by disparities in asthma health care – Asthma affects nearly 26 million Americans, including 7 million children. While advancements in treatment and interventions have improved health outcomes for many suffering from this respiratory disease, that progress has not yet reached everyone. Poor and minority children bear the greatest burden of the disease, suffering from asthma at higher rates, experiencing greater exposure to environmental triggers and receiving less access to quality care. >> Read More

Hartford Courant: New UConn Health Center Chief Looks Ahead – “Dr. Frank Torti, the University of Connecticut Health Center’s new vice president of health affairs, says that personalized medicine could be the next big thing in health care and that he expects the university to play a major role in it.” >> Read More

Sacramento Bee: HIV Infections in U.S. Disproportionately Impact Communities of Color and the Poor – “PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — With mounting evidence that many Americans remain the invisible people with HIV/AIDS who live in poverty, have limited health literacy, are diagnosed late in the course of their disease, and therefore, are the most likely to die of AIDS, leading members of the HIV/AIDS community called for a new mobilization to find, test and treat those people with HIV who are falling through the cracks of the healthcare system.” >> Read More

blog.AIDS.gov: Addressing Viral Hepatitis Among Minority Communities – “Since 1991, routine vaccinations of infants has reduced hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection rates in children by more than 95 percent. And the incidence of acute hepatitis C (HCV) has declined 90 percent since 1992, in large part due to the screening of the blood supply. This progress illustrates the impact that public health policies and practices can have in only a few decades. And these successes should be celebrated.” >> Read More

MedCityNews: Do wellness incentive plans really reduce costs? – “Germany has more experience with wellness incentives, so researchers affiliated with the Commonwealth Fund looked there for clues about what effect wellness incentive plans could have in the U.S. Considering that federal health reform allows for the expansion of wellness incentive programs and an increasing number of employers are expected to adopt them, the issue of whether they reduce health costs as they typically claim is no small question.” >> Read More

FierceHealthcare: Do patients really need to go the ER? – “Using data from January to June 2011 from the National Health Interview Survey, the CDC found that emergency room visits resulted from a lack of access to care, with nearly 80 percent of adults who visited the ER reporting they didn’t have access to other providers. For instance, about half (48 percent) reported that they went to the ER because the doctor’s office was closed, and 46.3 percent said there was no other place to go. Some (45.8 percent) said they went to the ER because it was the closest provider.” >> Read More

MSN Health: Strokes More Common in Southern States: CDC – “While fewer people in the United States are dying from strokes, the number of strokes has remained about the same, health officials report. And their findings bear out the South’s reputation as the nation’s so-called “stroke belt.”” >> Read More

Huffington Post: What the Affordable Care Act Means for Women – “May 13-19 was National Women’s Health Week, an event spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. Ironically, although women use the health care system the most, they are casualties of the “affordability barrier” to the requisite tests, treatments and medications that they need.” >> 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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