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Health Disparities Roundup – Friday, October 26, 2012

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

Fierce Mobile Healthcare: Smartphones have potential to reduce health disparities in America – “Thanks to smartphone ownership, America’s digital divide appears to be closing among demographic groups that historically have lagged behind when it comes to Internet access. Mobile technology has become especially critical for low-income minorities who otherwise can’t afford desktop and laptop computers with web service. Smartphones are proving to be an important alternative to computers for millions of Americans, providing them with access to the Internet when they have no other technological means of doing so. Not surprisingly, minority groups increasingly are using smartphones as their primary means of reaching the Internet due to their relative low cost and general availability.” >> Read More

Voxxi: Mental health disparities observed among Latino children in U.S. –  “Latino children suffer from a number of disparities when it comes to mental health, indicated a report issued by the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP). According to a statement from report co-author Dr. Janice Cooper, “mental health services for Latino children and youth are lacking.” >> Read More

Ad Age: As More Minorities Get Health Care, Marketers Face New Challenges – “The Affordable Care Act of 2010 is expected to increase the number of insured in the United States by at least 32 million in 2019, about half of them non-white. This will demand of marketers across the spectrum a heightened focus on multicultural patients as consumers. Is the advertising industry ready for this? Serving diverse populations has never been a strong suit of the health-care system in general; there are huge disparities in the quality of care between whites and African Americans and Hispanics. The law calls for expanded initiatives to increase racial and ethnic diversity in the health-care profession, as well as improved cultural competency. But this will take time. Meanwhile, the existing force of health-care providers will have to adopt a more multicultural mindset — and that includes increased multicultural intelligence in marketing communications.“ >> Read More

New York Times Well: In Fight Against Obesity, Drink Sizes Matter – “Sugar-sweetened drinks, the single largest source of calories in our diet, account for nearly half of the total added sugars we consume and 7 percent of our total calories — nearly 15 percent in some groups, including adolescent boys. University of Wisconsin researchers reported in 2005 that the average student consumes 31 pounds of sugar in sweetened beverages annually.” >> Read More

thechart: Neighborhood determines likelihood bystanders will offer CPR – “A new study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the rate of bystander-initiated CPR varies according to the characteristics of the neighborhood where the cardiac arrest occurred.  If the man in the above scenario collapsed in a high-income, non-African-American neighborhood, the odds that someone would give him CPR are higher than if he fell in a low-income or predominantly African-American neighborhood. Dr. Comilla Sasson is an assistant  professor in the department of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado Denver and the study’s lead author. She says if a person has a cardiac arrest in a white, higher-income neighborhood, the chance someone will stop and give CPR is roughly 55%.” >> Read More

thectmirror: Parents, doctors tell Healthcare Advocate: Coverage denied for children needing mental health care – “Other parents and psychiatrists talked about the shortage of mental health hospital beds for children because of high demand. They also complained about the lack of a treatment facility in Connecticut for people with eating disorders. Dozens of speakers testified about their challenges during a wide-ranging public hearing Wednesday on lack of access to prevention, treatment and health care coverage of mental health problems and substance abuse.” >> Read More

RH Reality Check: Race-based Health Disparities and the Politics of Difference:What Rates of HIV Among Latinos Tell Us – “Monday, October 15th, was the tenth anniversary of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, an initiative that seeks to bring attention to the rates of HIV and AIDs among Latinos in the United States and the unique needs of the community for education, outreach, and services. Latinos in the United States experience higher rates of HIV infections than their white counterparts. Latino men are three times as likely to contract HIV as white men, and Latina women are four times as likely to contract HIV as white women.” >> 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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