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Health Disparities Roundup – Friday, May 11, 2012

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

Huffington Post: Air Pollution, Asthma Burden Unevenly Shared Among U.S. Children – “While our country continues to shift towards a nationwide focus on prevention and promotion, I believe that nurses should be standing at the forefront of this reformation. It is for this reason that I propose that we as a Nation designate a National Nurse for Public Health. The National Nurse would function alongside the Surgeon General and focus on health promotion, improving health literacy, and decreasing health disparities.” >> Read More

Hartford Courant: Little Progress Made On Health Disparities, New Report Shows – “Among the few bright spots in the 2011 National Healthcare Disparities Report by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is cardiac care, with data showing that blacks received better quality care than whites for more than half of cardiovascular measures.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: How to Address the Obesity Epidemic: Start Young – “Our nation spends $190 billion reactively addressing obesity-related diseases each year. And yet, there are a number of organizations like Common Threads and others who are conducting research and bringing innovative, direct service programs that can change behavior.” >> Read More

McClatchy: New Medicare data show disparities in health care costs – “As the nation’s biggest insurer, Medicare’s proposal to link reimbursement to efficient care is expected to reverberate throughout the health care system when it starts in October 2014. The plan has alarmed hospitals, particularly since Medicare intends to hold hospitals accountable not just for the cost of services provided while at the hospital and in follow-up care, but for every test, treatment or stay that occurs 30 days after discharge, no matter the reason.” >> Read More

Health Imaging: Public health key to improved cancer screening – “Public health infrastructure should be leveraged and bolstered to improve current cancer screening rates and develop a comprehensive national approach to cancer control, according to an editorial published online May 9 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.” >> Read More

U.S. Health News: Colon Cancer Gaps for Blacks, Whites Largely Due to Screening – “Differences in screening account for much of the disparity in both colorectal (colon) cancer incidence and death rates between white and black Americans, a new study says. The screening differences are responsible for 42 percent of the gap in cancer incidence and 19 percent of the disparity in death rates, according to the study.” >> Read More

Medical News Today: Poorer Neighborhoods More Likely To Have Scarce Primary Health Services – “In order to find out which zip codes in U.S. metropolitan areas – which can include rural neighborhoods – had a shortage of primary-care physicians, the team examined data from the U.S. Census and American Medical Association from 2000 and 2006. The researchers defined a shortage of primary-care physicians as 1 physician per 3,500+ people, or no physician at all.” >> Read More

The RootSam Kass, Obama’s healthy-food adviser, deflects criticism of his quest for healthier communities. – “Despite campaigns over the past decade to improve community access to fresh produce and other healthy foods, the data show that obesity rates have not budged.” >> Read More

The CT Mirror: Does race matter in the juvenile justice system? – “One-third of children in Connecticut are black or Hispanic, but they make up nearly two-thirds — about 3,000 — of all children charged with a crime, according to information provided by the state’s Judicial Branch, contributing to the state’s poor record in disproportionately locking up children of color, national data from 2010 show.” >> Read More

Kaiser Health News: Health Care Increasingly Out Of Reach For Millions Of Americans – “You’re not alone. Tens of millions of adults under 65 — both those with insurance and those without — saw their access to health care dramatically worsen over the past decade, according to a study released Monday. The findings suggest more privately insured Americans are delaying treatment due to rising out-of-pocket costs, while safety net programs for the poor and uninsured are failing to keep up with demand for care, say Urban Institute researchers who wrote the report.” >> 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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