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Health Disparities Roundup – Friday, June 8, 2012

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

Huffington Post: Health Justice and the Skinny on Sugar-Laden Beverages – “On May 30, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed to ban sodas and other sugary drinks in containers 16 ounces or larger. Municipal leaders in Richmond, Calif., also announced a November ballot initiative for a one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. Both measures aim to stem the growing incidence of obesity, diabetes and other ills linked, in part, to the flood of sugar poured by an industry, some are now calling Big Soda.” >> Read More

Health Affairs: Can Active States Endure A Ground Shift? Implications Of The Supreme Court’s Health Reform Decision – “We do not know what the Supreme Court will decide about the Affordable Care Act, but we do know that changes to the ACA’s coverage provisions would have a major impact on states already active in implementing the law.” >> Read More

Connecticut Health-I Team: Minority, Young Women Avoid Yearly Checkups – “Many Connecticut women aren’t getting annual preventive health care, and the problem is worse among minorities and young adults, according to a new survey. The survey found that 28 percent of women had not had an ob-gyn exam in the past year.  Among minority women, 38 percent had not had an ob-gyn exam in the past year; and for young women 18 to 29, the number was 36 percent. One in 10 minority women reported they had not seen a gynecologist or a primary care doctor in the past year. That is double the rate reported by white women. Young and minority women were also less likely to get pap smears on schedule.” >> Read More

Reuters: U.S. racial gap in life expectancy shrinks: study – “Whites in the United States have typically lived longer on average than blacks, but a new study released on Tuesday suggests that gap in life expectancy may be shrinking. The shift appears to be because fewer African Americans are dying of AIDS and heart disease, but also because more whites are dying in early and mid-adulthood from unintentional injuries – mainly poisonings, including prescription drug overdoses, researchers said.” >> Read More

The Daily News: Reform Won’t Mean Better Access For Minorities – “Although health care reform will likely have a favorable outcome regarding access to insurance coverage, that won’t necessarily translate to actual access to medical care, particularly for minorities.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: 25 Years Fighting HIV/AIDS in Minority Communities – “The month of June holds special significance in the history of America’s HIV/AIDS epidemic. In June of 1981, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first known cases of what would later become known as AIDS. Thirty-one years later, the U.S. Supreme Court will make history again, when it releases its decision this month in a series of challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).” >> Read More

RH Reality Check: Maternity Care in a “Majority Minority” Country – “Two weeks ago the news from the Census Bureau that non-white children make up the majority of those under the age of one year created a firestorm of media headlines across the nation. These demographic shifts have many implications for our nation, but my first thought was this: The majority of the babies being born in the US are now at serious risk for a whole host of maternal, fetal, and infant health problems. Why? Because women of color have significantly higher rates of pre-term birth, low-infant birth weight, maternal, and fetal mortality.” >> Read More

MSN Health: Low Income May Keep Cancer Patients Out of Clinical Trials – “Low-income cancer patients are less likely to participate in clinical trials, according to a new study that found income affects participation even among older patients likely to have Medicare.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: The Democratization of Health Care: The Force of Consumer Demand – “Consumer demand is the purchasing patterns of an individual or cluster of individuals. These patterns can be measured in terms of their size (financial value or number of people); they can be localized by geography and duration; or described by the socio-economic characteristics of the individuals whose activities form the patterns. In a free-market economy, consumer demand is akin to gravity.” >> Read More

Blog: National Partnership for Action: Closing the Gap on Asthma – “Asthma currently affects 16 percent of non-Hispanic black children, 10.7 percent of American Indian and Alaska Native children, and 7.9 percent of Hispanic children (16.5 percent among Puerto Rican children), compared to 8.2 percent of non-Hispanic white children and 6.8 percent of Asian children. Minority children with asthma are also less likely to receive regular care and recommended treatment, and more likely to be hospitalized for their condition. For example, non-Hispanic black children are twice as likely to be hospitalized and four times more likely to die due to asthma than non-Hispanic white children.” >> 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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