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Health Disparities Roundup – Friday, May 4, 2012

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

Washington Post: In childhood obesity, a growing socioeconomic gap – “There’s actually been some good news on obesity in recent years. After years of steady increases, new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data has suggested that rates are beginning to plateau, if not decline slightly. That data, however, looks like it might be masking a troubling trend: A growing socioeconomic disparity in obesity rates, with most prevention gains being made among higher earners. >> Read More

Huffington Post: Racial Bias Among Doctors Linked To Dissatisfaction With Care, Report Says – “In a study published in a March issue of the American Journal of Public Health, researchers found that two-thirds of doctors harbored “unconscious” racial biases toward patients. When those biases were present, researchers found that doctors tended to dominate conversations with African-American patients, pay less attention to their personal and psychosocial needs and make patients feel less involved in making decisions about their health.” >> Read More

The Nations Health: More health departments nationwide embracing social media: Use of tools rises – “Social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube offer health professionals the ability to deliver public health messages — from common-sense guidance to critical information during an emergency — directly and quickly. Because of its low cost and ease of use, more and more health departments are becoming involved in social media, with some campaigns earning both recognition and avid followers.” >> Read More

Medical News Today: Mexican-American Women Lose Weight With The Help Of Culturally Tailored Program – “Mexican-American women who participated in a culturally tailored weight management program lost weight, reduced their fat and sugar consumption and improved their eating habits according to a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. At the end of the year-long De Por Vida (“For Life”) program, the women had lost an average of nearly 16 pounds.” >> Read More

MSN Health: Health Care Disparities Might Affect Black Kids’ Cancer Survival – “In conducting the study, researchers compared the outcomes of more than 4,000 St. Jude patients and nearly 24,000 pediatric patients treated at various U.S. medical centers for 19 different forms of cancer. Of the St. Jude patients, 19 percent were black and about 75 percent were white. Of the patients treated at various U.S. hospitals, about 10 percent were black and about 58 percent were white.” >> Read More

NPR: What Will Make The Food Desert Bloom? – “There’s a battle for better health going on in poor neighborhoods across the country, and part of that battle involves getting people living in so-called food deserts access to healthy food. But as many activists have learned, it takes a combination of access, innovation, and education to change peoples’ habits for the better.” >> Read More

CNN: As childhood obesity improves, will kids in poverty be left behind? – The statistics are grim: Roughly one in six U.S. children are obese, and, at last count, nearly one in three are overweight, putting them at increased risk of health problems ranging from diabetes to being bullied at school.” >> Read More

KBIA: Health equity: zip code, not genetic code – “Whatever disease or health indicator you look at, there are big gaps among racial and ethnic groups. For example, African Americans are twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes compared to whites; cancer rates are much higher among blacks and Latinos. >> Read More

Huffington Post: A Movement for National Minority Health Month – This month, organizations around the nation are celebrating National Minority Health Month and joining together to voice their concerns about health and health care disparities in their communities and how to work together to achieve health equity. Communities of color and low-income populations experience a number of health- and health care-related disparities caused by a range of socioeconomic factors including difficulties accessing affordable care and insurance coverage, and language and cultural barriers. >> Read More

Huffington Post: Addressing Disparities, Promoting Health Equity and Ending HIV/AIDS – “While we have made incredible strides in addressing HIV/AIDS over the past 30 years, the disease remains devastatingly prevalent in America, especially among gay and bisexual men. This population accounts for 57 percent of new HIV infections and a gay man who is 18 years old faces a two in five chance of becoming infected with HIV by the time he is 40, as noted by a Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) issue brief.” >> 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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