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Health Disparities Roundup – Friday, May 25, 2012

Here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week. A healthy partnership when traditional medicine can’t do it all – “Traditional medicine has long focused on identifying and then treating various medical conditions. We now know that social conditions, such as disparities in income, education, and access to health care, coupled with unsafe housing and neighborhoods, contribute more to an individual’s health than traditional medicine.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Irresponsible Care: National Children’s Study Faces changes That May Put Children’s Health at Greater Risk – “Today, the National Children’s Study is being halted due to budgetary restraints, management issues, compounded by the NIH’s desire to create wholesale incentives, changes in sampling strategy that may undermine the study’s scientific value. Without science that pinpoints and correlates early exposures to environmental toxins that may lead to diseases later in life, we are at a loss in determining how chemicals affect human health. Especially the health of children whose early physiological development makes them more vulnerable.” >> Read More

Senior Women Web: Poll: Many Sick Americans Experience Significant Financial Problems And Report Their Care Is Not Well-Managed – “Many Americans who have experienced a serious illness or injury within the past 12 months are concerned about the financial costs of medical care, and struggle to ensure that their care is appropriate,  according to a new poll released  by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), NPR and Harvard School of Public Health. RWJF commissioned the poll to better understand Americans’ experiences and attitudes related to cost and quality of US medical care.” >> Read More

Washington Post: Hospitals struggle to provide interpreters for patients who don’t speak English – “A visit to the emergency department or a physician’s office can be confusing and even frightening when you’re trying to digest complicated medical information, perhaps while you’re feeling pain or discomfort. For the 25 million people in the United States with limited English proficiency, the potential for medical mishaps is multiplied.” >> Read More

Scope: A closer look at Asian American health – “Major gaps in our understanding of health disparities and their causes still exist, and one population often overlooked is Asian Americans. Now, a 5-year, $2 million grant will allow local researchers to investigate disparities in health and mortality among Asians in the U.S. Stanford’s Mark Cullen, MD, and Latha Palaniappan, MD, of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation are leading the study. The team will comb through census and CDC data to compare major Asian sub-populations and look for health differences between recent immigrants, their children and subsequent generations.” >> Read More

Colorlines: As the Court Decides Health Reform, East Oakland Fights for the Basics – “While health reform faces a Supreme Court ruling this June on its constitutionality, California has pledged to move forward in implementing the ACA at the state level. Massive preparations have been underway to expand Medi-Cal coverage and roll out in 2013 the Health Benefits Exchange, a new market for affordable insurance plans.” >> Read More

Open Salon: What the Affordable Care Act Means for Women –  “May 13-19 was National Women’s Health Week, an event spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. Ironically, although women use the health care system the most, they are casualties of the “affordability barrier” to the requisite tests, treatments and medications that they need.” >> 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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