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Health Disparities Roundup – Friday, March 23, 2012

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

California Healthline: Report Shows Health Disparities in Valley ZIP Codes – “Residents living in poor and minority neighborhoods experience adverse health effects from social, environmental and economic conditions and these conditions are often perpetuated by public policy decisions, said Capitman, who is also the Fresno State Nickerson Professor of Public Health and executive director of the Central Valley Health Policy Institute.” >> Read More

New York Times: Gender Gap Persists in Cost of Health Insurance – “Women still pay more than men for the same health insurance coverage, according to new research and data from online brokers.” >> Read More

American News Report: Racial Bias May Affect How Doctors Prescribe Pain Treatment – “Pediatricians who show an unconscious preference for white patients tend to prescribe better pain management for whites than African-American patients, according to a study at the University of Washington.” >> Read More

Red Black & Blue: The Affordable Care Act: Making a difference for African -Americans – “Since March 2009, more than 2.4 million African-American seniors with Medicare have received free preventive services such as diabetes screenings. About 410,000 more African- American young adults who would otherwise be uninsured gained coverage due to the law. In addition, 5.5 million African-Americans with private health insurance now have coverage for preventive services without paying an extra penny at their doctor’s office.” >> Read More

Reauters: Black women more likely to die of breast cancer – “Researchers who calculated cancer death rates in 24 of the largest U.S. cities found that in 13 of them, black women were significantly more likely to die of breast cancer than white women. That’s despite the evidence that white women are more likely than blacks to get breast cancer in the first place.” >> Read More

The CT Mirror: Connecticut health insurers say end of health mandate is end of reform – “At the heart of the legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act is a mandate that will require most Americans either to buy health insurance or pay a fine. But if the mandate goes, the industry says, so must the reforms, especially the most popular one that would bar insurers from denying coverage to individuals with pre-existing health conditions.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Smoking Rates Increase With Perceived Racial Discrimination, Study Says – “For racial and ethnic minority groups, discrimination may be a key factor, according to a study of over 85,000 people, which found that the odds of smoking increased among individuals who perceived that they were treated differently because of their race.” >> 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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