Here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.
Counsel & Heal: Rural Residents in America More Obese Than Urban Dwellers: Study – “A new study has found that obesity is more common among Americans dwelling in rural areas than those from the urban sectors. According to the study, Led by researchers at the University of Kansas, the locality where one resides may have a significant role in the obesity epidemic. For the study, the researchers analyzed data from the National Center for Health Statistics and depended on measured heights and weights rather than self-reported data, like previous studies which typically end up underestimating the prevalence of obesity. >> Read More
Fox News Latino: One in every 4 U.S. Hispanics lives in poverty – “The figure of 25.3 percent of U.S. Hispanics living below the poverty line in 2011 represents an improvement from the previous year, but remains well above pre-recession levels, the Census Bureau said Wednesday. The bureau published figures on poverty, income and health coverage that highlight the slow pace of recovery from the economic crisis among the most disadvantaged, particularly minorities. A total of 13.24 million Hispanics lived in poverty in 2011, compared with 13.52 million in 2010, when 26.5 percent of Latinos were living below the poverty line. Only African Americans have worse poverty figures, with 27.6 percent of that group living below the threshold, 0.2 percent more than in 2010.” >> Read More
The Leadership Conference: Census Data Show Effectiveness of Low-Income Programs; But Racial Disparities, Inequality Persist – “The percentage of Americans living in poverty fell slightly from 15.1 to 15 percent from 2010 to 2011, while the percentage lacking health insurance dropped from 16.3 percent to 15.7 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest data. The report also showed incomes rising for the top 5 percent of households, but falling for those in the middle. The bureau counted 46.2 million people living in poverty in 2011. The poverty threshold for a family of four in 2011 was $23,021 in annual income.” >> Read More
The University of Vermont: Research Sheds Light on Lack of Healthcare for Migrant Workers – “The classic scene of an old-time Vermonter sitting on a stool milking a cow on his family farm remains a powerful image strongly connected to the heritage of the state. If accuracy is the goal, however, a new image would be portrayed: a Spanish-speaking Latino migrant worker most likely from the southern region of Mexico doing the milking. Driven by a lack of laborers on the state’s 1,007 dairy farms, Vermont’s Latino population has grown 24 times faster than the state’s total population between 2000 and 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Since 2007, more than 50 percent of the milk in the 12th-largest milk producing state in the nation was harvested by the hands of Latino migrant workers, according to the Agency of Agriculture, making Vermont one of America’s new Latino destinations.” >> Read More
Global Public Square Blog: Health of Muslims, Arab Americans another victim of 9/11 – “Health researchers have been compiling a list of health problems that they believe are directly and indirectly connected to 9/11. There are, of course, the more obvious problems – physicians and epidemiologists have, for example, noted unusually high rates of uncommon cancers among 9/11 survivors and rescue personnel, while the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder have unsurprisingly been high since the tragedy, even among those who did not directly experience the trauma of those events.” >> Read More
Center for American Progress: 2011 Census Data Reaffirm Need to Implement the Affordable Care Act – “Today’s 2011 data on the numbers of Americans living in poverty and without health insurance demonstrate yet again why our country needs to move forward with implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Last year the number of uninsured Americans dropped for the first time in four years as the reforms in the Affordable Care Act continued to expand access to health insurance. This drop in the uninsured was driven in part by the gains in health coverage among young adults who were able to stay on their parents’ health insurance plans.” >> Read More