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Health Disparities Roundup – Friday, June 15, 2012

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

Huffington Post UK: Black, White Or Asian – Your Ethnic Background Linked To How Long You Sleep: Plus Strange Facts About Insomnia (PICTURES) – “The first study, from the State University of New York (SUNY), looked at 400,000 respondents from the National Health Interview Surveys between 2004 and 2010. Results show that Americans born in the United States were more likely to report sleeping longer than the recommended seven to nine hours each night. African-born Americans were more likely to report sleeping six hours or less, and Indian-born Americans reported six to eight hours a night.” >> Read More

The Guardian: America’s health chasm: why life is not so sweet in the US sugar capital – “Boys born in 2009 in Hendry can expect to live, on average, 72.6 years and girls 77.7 years. It’s on a par with Uruguay, Syria and Vietnam, according to the latest data from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle, Washington. Drive south and it’s a dramatically different story. Women in Hendry’s neighbouring county, Collier, enjoy the longest average life expectancy in the US and almost in the world, close to that of Japan. Average life expectancy for girls born in 2009 is 85.8 years, and 80.7 years for boys. That means Hendry’s population will have an average eight years less of life than Collier’s.” >> Read More

TIME Ideas: Are Blacks Predisposed to Be Less Healthy Than Whites? – “A recently released study suggests that one’s race might influence one’s ability to prevent obesity. According to the June issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, exercise is less likely to lead to weight loss for black adolescent girls than for white adolescent girls.” >> Read More

Solutions: Want better health outcomes? Invest in education – “Surveys show most people believe that hospitals or access to doctors determines how healthy people are. But, in fact, Woolf and his colleagues have found that social determinants ranging from education and poverty levels to jobs, neighborhoods and family support systems have a far bigger impact on a person’s health. Health spending is completely out of whack with no more than 10 percent of more than $2 trillion a year being spent on preventive or behavioral health care, Woolf said.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Why the War on Affordable Health Care is a War on Blacks and Latinos – “As we wait for the Supreme Court to announce the fate of the Affordable Care Act, researchers at the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center have released a study that indicates that the Affordable Care Act will dramatically shrink racial and ethnic differences in health care coverage. Currently 21.6 percent of blacks and over 33.3 percent of Hispanics are uninsured, compared to just 13.9 percent of whites. According to researchers, Lisa Clemens-Cope, et al., if the Supreme Court upholds the Affordable Care Act, it could potentially cut the black-white differential in half, and the Hispanic-white differential by a quarter.” >> Read More

Reuters: More US Hispanics die waiting for heart transplants: study – “Hispanic patients in need of a heart transplant are 50 percent more likely to die before they get one that white patients, according to a U.S. study. Previous studies found that black patients fared poorly after transplants compared to whites, but less was known about how different racial groups do while they are waiting for a donor organ.” >> Read More

Washington Post: Will Philadelphia’s experiment in eradicating ‘food deserts’ work? – “Access to healthy foods has been a cornerstone of the Obama administration’s food policy, dedicating hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds to projects like this one. The goal is to eradicate food deserts — low-income areas that lack access to nutritious foods — by 2017.” >> 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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