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Health Disparities Roundup – Friday, May 18, 2012

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

Huffington Post: Maya Angelou Opens Women’s Health And Wellness Center, Calls Disparities ‘Embarrassing’ – “At the forefront of the center’s prevention challenge is breast cancer screening and increasing women’s awareness about their risk for heart disease. As for the AIDS epidemic and the particular crisis it represents for women of color, Angelou says prevention is even more critical but warns that it extends well beyond the confines of any one facility.” >> Read More

Bloomberg BusinessWeek: Health of U.S. Tied to Education Gap, Researchers Report – “Higher levels of education in the U.S. correlate with longer life expectancy and less obesity, according to the government’s annual health report. Obesity, which leads to chronic ailments such as diabetes and heart disease, was twice as high among boys and three times as high for girls in families whose head of household lacked a degree compared with more educated households. The report, which included a special feature on socioeconomic status and health, was released today by the National Center for Health Statistics.” >> Read More

Medpage Today: Asthma Cases Reach New High – “That translates into 18.7 million adults and 7 million children who had been diagnosed with asthma and still had the condition in 2010, the agency said in a report called Asthma’s Impact on the Nation. In 2009, asthma accounted for 3,388 deaths, 479,300 hospital admissions, 1.9 million emergency department visits, and 8.9 million visits to doctors’ offices.” >> Read More Region’s African-American health agency says it’s time to rethink role – “Elizabeth Krause, one of the event speakers, said she sought to emphasize the role she believes professionals in various fields – whether they’re a nurse in a school or hospital, a primary care doctor or a teacher – have to be an advocate for equity in how patients from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds are served. Krause is the senior program officer at the Connecticut Health Foundation. There is a need for greater awareness, she said, about “how people of color experience the health care delivery system, and the unconscious bias in how they are treated.” This can affect the types of treatment that people are offered, she said, and result in poorer health outcomes for minorities versus non-minorities with the same condition. >> Read More Digital Storytelling: A Community Tool to End HIV Stigma – “At we’ve been thinking a lot about the power of storytelling. In the HIV community, everyone has a story to bring to the table, and more people are sharing theirs with new media. Many tools are available to help to facilitate storytelling and have conversations around HIV. One example of a tool used to share stories with social media is Storify Exit Disclaimer, a website that gathers tweets, blog posts, online videos, photos, news articles, and more from around the web and places them into a single post, or “story.” It provides a space where audiences can see social media conversations from different channels happening in one place. These conversations can be curated to share multiple voices and shared via other existing networks (embedded into websites or blogs, linked to on Twitter and Facebook) to reach audiences. >> Read More Cost disparity for health care hard to explain – “A recent report shed some light on the difficulty of controlling health costs. The Associated Press story noted that there are very large disparities in the cost of providing health care across the nation, and in some cases these discrepancies are hard to explain. >> Read More

New York Times: A Mathematical Challenge to Obesity – “Carson C. Chow deploys mathematics to solve the everyday problems of real life. As an investigator at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, he tries to figure out why 1 in 3 Americans are obese.” >> Read More

U.S. Health News: A Little More Education, a Little Longer Life?  – “It’s graduation season, and new research offers yet another reason to congratulate someone who has completed at least nine years of education: They’re likely to live longer. An unusual, comprehensive study involving 1.2 million Swedes shows that students who were exposed to nine years of education rather than eight had a lower mortality rate after age 40. While the finding suggests an association between level of education and longevity, it does not establish a cause-and-effect link. >> Read More

Institute to Women’s Health Research Blog: New report includes LGBT health disparities – “Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered individuals (LGBT) experience differences in receipt of health care services and are sometimes denied services according to a new report. Some of the  key findings from the National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR) related to health care for the LGBT population are: Transgender people are more likely to be uninsured and less likely to have employer-based health insurance than the general population. >> Read More

KVNO News: New study points to health disparities among minority women – “Omaha, NE – Minority women in Nebraska have less health insurance and access to doctors and poorer health than their white counterparts. Those are among the findings of this year’s Women’s Health Equity Report from the Department of Health and Human Services. NET News caught up with researchers involved in the study to find out more about the medical gap.” >> Read More

CDC: CDC Celebrates Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage – “Asian Americans represent the extremes of both socioeconomic and health indices: Asian American women experience the greatest life expectancy (85.8 years) of any other ethnic group in the U.S. Asian Americans have the highest proportion of college graduates of any racial or ethnic group (50.2% of Asian Americans have a bachelor’s degree, compared with 28% of the total population).  >> Read More

Health Choices: National Women’s Checkup Day, a part of National Women’s Health Week, May 13 to 19, 2012  – “The information provided here is from the National Women’s Health Information Center (NWHIC). A service of the Office on Women’s Health (OWH) in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) was established in 1991 within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its Vision is to ensure that “All Women and Girls are Healthier and Have a Better Sense of Well Being.” Its mission is to “provide leadership to promote health equity for women and girls through sex/gender-specific approaches.” The strategy OWH uses to achieve its mission and vision is through the development of innovative programs, by educating health professionals, and motivating behavior change in consumers through the dissemination of health information. >> 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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