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Health Disparities Roundup – Friday, September 21, 2012

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

theCTMirror: New national health report warns of rise in obesity rates – “If Connecticut remains on its current trajectory, 46.5 percent of adults in the state will be obese by the year 2030, according to a national report released today. As the same time, hundreds of thousands of adults will develop diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure and other obesity-related diseases. This will drive up Connecticut health costs by 15.7 percent, the 22nd highest increase in the country, according to the report, called “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2012.”” >> Read More Report: Mental health issues linked to school expulsion and incarceration – “Educational records of children referred to the Center for Children’s Advocacy, a Connecticut nonprofit that provides legal support for abused and neglected children, reveal that early warning signs of mental and behavioral health problems are often not identified until middle school years. With a grant from the Connecticut Health Foundation, Dr. Andrea Spencer, educational consultant to the Center for Children’s Advocacy, examined children’s educational records to identify how early these warning signs appear.” Read More

JAAPA: It’s time to get excited about health equity – “Medicine is a leader in advancing opportunities for underrepresented minorities, opening a national discussion on the social determinants of health, and promoting leadership roles for champions of health equity.”  Read More

redOrbit: Minorities Make Up Nearly Half Of Kidney Recipients In Live Donor Chains – “The largest U.S. multicenter study of living kidney transplant donor chains showed that 46 percent of recipients are minorities, a finding that allays previous fears that these groups would be disadvantaged by expansion of the donor pool through this type of exchange process. The study of a series of chain transplantations performed from February 2008 to June 2011 at 57 centers nationwide included 272 kidney transplants that paired organ donors who were incompatible with their relatives with strangers providing organs for altruistic reasons or with others donating an organ to an unknown patient because they were not a match for their own relatives.” >> Read More

Facing South: Report: Extending insurance coverage could reduce longstanding racial disparities in health care – “The extension of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act will likely help reduce longstanding differences in health and health care by race, a new report finds. Racial disparities in health outcomes and access to health care have persisted for many years in North Carolina, with inconsistent or little improvement under the current health care system, according to a new report by the Budget and Tax Center, a project of the North Carolina Justice Center. Under the Affordable Care Act, long-standing racial and ethnic differentials in health insurance coverage are poised to shrink due to the expansion of insurance coverage to hundreds of thousands of individuals and families, particularly through the Medicaid expansion.” >> Read More

NewsMedical: Stress may play a major role in obesity epidemic and contribute to racial disparities – “Could the impact of chronic stress explain why American black girls are more likely to be overweight than white girls? According to Dr. Tomiyama of the University of California, Los Angeles in the U.S., and her colleagues, higher levels of stress over 10 years predict greater increases in body weight over time in both black and white girls. However, the experience of chronic stress appears to have a greater negative effect on black girls’ weight, which may explain racial disparities in obesity levels. The work is published online in Springer’s journal, Annals of Behavioral Medicine.” >> Read More

FierceHealthIT: Research finds racial disparities in physician use of health IT – “A recent study found significant differences in how white and non-white physicians use health IT, suggesting varying degrees of acceptance of health IT among different physician populations, the researchers said.” >> Read More

Harvard Gazette: Targeting childhood obesity early – “ With childhood obesity now affecting 17 percent of American children, the nation is rallying around the concept that serious action is required. In 2010, President Barack Obama established the first Task Force on Childhood Obesity, aimed at reducing the rate of such obesity to just 5 percent by 2030. Although many of the plan’s 70 recommendations focus on approaches such as improving access to healthy, affordable foods; increasing physical activity; and empowering parents to make smart nutrition choices, a large chapter of the report is dedicated to reducing the risk of childhood obesity early in life. Since the president released his Task Force Call to Action, two Institute of Medicine (IOM) reports have emphasized the need for early interventions to prevent obesity.” > Read More

Charlotte Observer: Affordable Care Act raises coverage queries for young, old – Many readers have questions about health insurance and the Affordable Care Act. Here are some answers. >> 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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