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Health Disparities Roundup – Friday, October 5, 2012

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

Huffington Post: Studies: Health Disparities Vary Among Hispanic Subgroups, Hispanics Are Less Likely To Visit Doctor – “According to two recently published twin studies — one focusing on men and the other on women’s health — there are “significant differences” in the physical and behavioral health of individuals within three major Latino subgroups in the United States: Cuban-Americans, Mexican-Americans and Puerto Rican-Americans. Florida State University (FSU) researchers analyzed data from the National Latino and Asian-American Study and found that both Puerto Rican-American men and women reported the highest rates of smoking and overall substance abuse — including marijuana, cocaine, and prescription drugs — out of the three subgroups. Puerto Ricans also showed the highest rates of major depression at 13.1 percent for women and 9.7 percent for men.” >> Read More

HealthNewsDigest.com: Useful Information for Black Women During Breast Cancer Awareness Month – “October marks National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Is there cause for celebration? For many reasons, the answer is a resounding “yes.” Since 1990, the rate of death from breast cancer has been dropping. Research–much of it funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI)–has improved our understanding of breast cancer and produced more effective treatments. Yet nearly 27,000 African American women were expected to be diagnosed last year with breast cancer, the most common cancer among this group. And although African American women are less likely than white women to be diagnosed with breast cancer, those African American women who do develop the disease are more likely to die from it than women of any other racial or ethnic group in the United States. Part of the reason is that they are more likely to be diagnosed at later stages, when cancer has spread beyond the breast–and when it is more difficult to treat.” >> Read More

ctwatchdog.com: Can Medical Homes In Connecticut Reduce Health Disparities? – “Patient-centered medical homes are designed to improve health care quality while lowering costs, but advocates also want to make sure that the new primary care model tackles another issue – health equality. More Medicaid and HUSKY members will likely receive care from medical homes, which provide coordinated care to patients, as the state offers bonus payments in 2013 to facilities that serve these patients.” >> Read More

Connecticut Health Foundation: What WNPR is Doing About Health Disparities – “WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio is not, as WNPR News Director and host of Where We Live John Dankosky reminded me on camera, an advocacy organization. It’s a news organization. Much like the Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health), WNPR does not advocate for certain positions or push an agenda. Instead, we both try to influence a conversation with good information.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Can Race Possibly Influence Sleep? – “Information released from the recent meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies reported that black participants of a study had fewer hours of sleep, just 6.8 hours compared to 7.4 hours for whites and 6.9 hours for Asians. Additionally, blacks experienced more difficulty falling asleep as well as more interrupted sleep than whites or Asians.” >> Read More

OncologyNurseAdvisor: Disparities in health care: The black population – “Racial and ethnic disparities can be multifactorial, encompassing socioeconomic factors (eg, education, income, and employment), lifestyle behaviors (eg, physical activity and alcohol intake), social conditions (eg, neighborhoods and work conditions), and access to preventive health care services (eg, cancer screenings and vaccinations).1 Leading health indicators of progress toward national health objectives for 2020 continue to reflect racial and ethnic disparities.1 Eliminating disparities requires culturally appropriate health initiatives and community support, in addition to equal access to health care.1” >> Read More

PR Newswire: YMCA of the USA Awarded CDC Grant to Support Local Y efforts to Promote Health and Well-being in African-American and Hispanic/Latino Communities – “Today, YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), the national resource office for the nation’s 2,700 YMCAs, was awarded a cooperative agreement of up to $4 million per year for up to five years to improve our nation’s health and well-being, with a specific focus on addressing gaps between racial and ethnic groups across the country.  The agreement is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) initiative.” >> 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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