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Health Disparities Roundup – Friday, November 30, 2012

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

Biomedical Blog: Cell Phones Help Fight Global Health Disparities – “Today, cell phones are ubiquitous (as are smartphones, though to a somewhat lesser degree). Recently, it has been reported that there have been over 6 billion cell phone subscriptions worldwide. But what do these statistics really mean and can the ubiquity of cell phones be used to combat global health problems? A company known as Medic Mobile has taken advantage of the ubiquity of cell phones and put it to good use in under-served countries. The use of cell phones to reduce global health disparities has the ability to radically change the way in which health care systems operate. One of these systems is PatientView, which is an electronic medical system that targets small clinics or single departments. This system can accept forms and coordinate with workers via SMS, effectively improving work flow in the field where access to computers may be unavailable.” >> Read More

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Open mHealth: Making Sense of Mobile Health Data – “What Is Open mHealth, and Why Is It Important? “Nine out of 10 people on the planet own a cell phone—making it more common than owning a car, radio, or television. Mobile health (mHealth) apps are increasingly popular—with one in five smartphone users having a health app. We can use apps on our phones to help us stay healthy. Apps like epocrates allow us to find health information and learn about medicine; other apps can help us collect and share data about our health with our health care providers. However, many of today’s mHealth apps are not built to process the data collected into useful guides for action, such as offering data to help doctors identify a patient whose blood sugar is too high or if certain medications might be having adverse effects on a person’s mental health. This problem is only going to worsen if new apps are not developed in an open source way that promotes easier data sharing across platforms.” >> Read More

NPR: HIV Infections Rise Among Young Black Men In U.S. – “The latest data on HIV rates in American teenagers and young adults offer a sobering message. While the number of new infections in the U.S. is relatively stable — at about 50,000 people each year — HIV is on the rise in young people under 25. Youths age 13 to 24 made up about a quarter of all new HIV infections in the U.S. during 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Tuesday. And more than half of the youths living with HIV don’t even realize they’re infected.” >> Read More

New America Media: Study: Education Extends Longevity—Except for Black Males – “The human longevity bonanza that gives newborns today three decades more of life expectancy than they would have had a century ago appears to have no real stopping point. Now researchers are trying to determine how U.S. society should change to accommodate so many longer, healthier lifespans, and why one group of white Americans does not seem to be benefiting from the trend.” >> Read More

Salud Today Blog: Latinos, Get a Colonoscopy, It Could Save Your Life – “Having a colonoscopy might be pretty low on Latino adults’ to-do lists. Even hearing the term “colonoscopy” might make some people a bit squeamish. But it can also save your life. Just take it from Armida Flores, a promotora (a trained community health worker) at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. Flores spends her days helping people confront cancers and illness. Because of this, she began to worry about her own health and decided to schedule a colonoscopy.” >>Read More

PsychCentral: Effective Mental Healthcare for All: Improving Mental Health Disparities – “With the growing diversity of the U.S. population, it is imperative that we, as mental health treatment providers, are culturally aware and competent in providing the best possible evidence-based healthcare.” >> Read More

The Register Citizen: Connecticut Department of Health to offer free vaccinations to children – “By the time youngsters enter kindergarten, they have caught up on their required vaccinations, but a certain percentage fail to get them at the required age, leaving them at risk for infections and dropping the state to 30th in terms of vaccination levels.” >> Read More


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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