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Health Disparities Roundup – Friday, March 9, 2012

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

Washington Post: Federal data show racial gaps in school arrests – “The data, from an Education Department civil rights survey to be released Tuesday, provide the government’s most extensive examination yet of how public schools across the country bring police into the handling of student offenses.” >> Read More

Washington Post: Don’t blame food deserts for obesity – “A new paper is challenging the notion that “food deserts” — rural and urban areas where nutritious food is difficult to obtain — are to blame for the rise in obesity.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Health Has No Borders – “The problem is massive — around the world, 215 million women want to avoid pregnancy but lack access to modern contraception — but we know the solution. When women have the information and services they need, they are able to delay pregnancy, stay in school, pursue meaningful careers, and become leaders in society.” >> Read More

Prospering together: Addressing inequality and poverty to succeed in the knowledge based economy – “New Report on link between inequality, innovation and economic growth.” >> Read More

American News Report: Race and Poverty Play Key Roles in Chronic Pain – “The study included 3,730 adults, all under age 50, and was designed to examine the association between race and poor neighborhoods for black and white adults suffering from chronic pain. Living in a lower socioeconomic neighborhood was linked with more pain, pain-related disability and mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. Researchers also found that blacks, especially young adults, had significantly more pain and disability whether they lived in lower or higher socioeconomic neighborhoods.” >> Read More

MarketWatch: Health care reform law helps 1.3 million minority young adults obtain health insurance – “New data released today by Health and Human Services shows that the Affordable Care Act has extended health insurance to a substantial number of racial and ethnic minorities nationwide. The health care reform law allows young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance plans through age 26. The data, based on combined estimates from the National Health Interview Survey and the Current Population Survey, indicate that approximately 736,000 Latinos, 410, 000 Blacks, 97,000 Asian Americans, and 29,000 American Indian/Alaska Natives have gained coverage because of the law.” >> Read More

Food Safety News: Nutrition a Pressing Concern for Native Americans – “As a result, health consequences stemming from obesity, such as diabetes and heart disease, are also common among AI/AN people. Indeed, 16.1 percent of Native Americans and Alaskan Natives suffer from Type II diabetes, which has been closely linked to obesity. This is the highest age-adjusted prevalence of diabetes among all U.S. racial and ethnic groups, according to the American Diabetes Association.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Autism Not Diagnosed As Early In Minority Children: Study – “Early diagnosis is considered key for autism, but minority children tend to be diagnosed later than white children. Some new work is beginning to try to uncover why – and to raise awareness of the warning signs so more parents know they can seek help even for a toddler.” >> Read More

Healthcare IT News: Latino groups aim to cut disparities with health IT – “The adoption of health IT provides a viable solution for closing health disparities, leaders of the groups said. But, without addressing the digital divide, medical practices in underserved communities will continue facing challenges. Understanding the scope of these technologies is a critical first step in preventing the detrimental effect on Latino communities across the U.S.” >> Read More

Health Affairs: Awareness Of Racial And Ethnic Health Disparities Has Improved Only Modestly Over A Decade – “Our survey of 3,159 adults age eighteen or older found that 59 percent of Americans in 2010 were aware of racial and ethnic disparities that disproportionately affect African Americans and Hispanics or Latinos. That number represents a modest increase over the 55 percent recorded in a 1999 survey. Meanwhile, in our survey, 89 percent of African American respondents were aware of African American and white disparities, versus 55 percent of whites. “ >> 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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