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Health Disparities Roundup – July 12, 2013

Doctor examining glands of patientJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

CT Mirror: Community health centers to hire workers to get uninsured covered – “Connecticut community health centers are getting federal funds to hire 28 people to help enroll uninsured state residents in coverage as part of the federal health reform law, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday. Thirteen Connecticut health centers are getting just under $1.6 million for the effort, part of $150 million in grants being awarded to 1,159 community health centers nationwide. Connecticut’s community health centers serve close to 330,000 people, nearly a quarter of whom are uninsured. They’re expected to absorb much of the new demand for health care that’s expected as more people gain coverage to pay for care. >> Read More

Think Progress: ‘Death By Zip Code’: Health Disparities Between Rich And Poor Areas Are Only Getting Worse – “A new report revealed that Americans are in “mediocre” health, and the United States has significantly worse health outcomes than other wealthy countries. But in addition to the gap between the U.S. and other developed nations, the new research also documented the widening gulf between different areas of this country — and the increasing reality that health is inextricably linked with wealth. >> Read More

Reuters: State of U.S. health ‘mediocre’: report –“The latest study in JAMA compared 20 years of health data from a vast number of surveys, published studies and death certificates in the United States with similar records in 34 high-income countries in Europe, Asia and North America. Overall, the United States fell in the rankings between 1990 and 2010 on nearly every major health measure.” >> Read More

Hartford Business: Hospital assoc., execs promote diversity, health equity – “The Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) and the Connecticut Association of Healthcare Executives (CTAHE) are forming a new partnership to promote diversity and health equity. CHA and CTAHE will work together to raise awareness and educate healthcare leaders on issues of diversity, inclusion, and reduction of healthcare disparities; increase the engagement of healthcare executives in driving progress on diversity and health equity-related issues; and increase the diversity of CTAHE and hospital leadership.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice: Eliminating Health Disparities – “Chronic diseases — such as heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes — are responsible for seven out of 10 deaths among Americans each year and account for 75 percent of the nation’s health spending. Obesity alone is related to more than 30 illnesses, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some forms of cancer. Unfortunately, disadvantaged communities are at higher risk for a multitude of preventable health conditions, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis B and C, and infant mortality. These devastating health disparities compromise the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.”  >> Read More

Medical News Today: Why Low-Income Patients May Prefer Hospital Care To A Doctor’s Office – “Patients with low socioeconomic status use emergency and hospital care more often than primary care because they believe hospital care is more affordable and convenient, and of better quality than care provided by primary care physicians, according to the results of a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The results of the study, appearing in the July issue of Health Affairs (and featured on its cover), have significant implications for policy initiatives such as the Affordable Care Act that seek to lower health care costs by reducing avoidable hospitalizations, readmissions, and emergency department visits.”  >> Read More

The Washington Post: Therapists say African Americans are increasingly seeking help for mental illness – “Many people, regardless of race, have a hard time talking about mental illness. But for many African Americans, the topic has carried particularly negative connotations — to the point where it’s easier to talk about drug or alcohol addiction than depression or anxiety. In 2008, whites received mental health treatment or counseling at nearly twice the rate of blacks, and whites received prescription medication for mental health-related issues at more than twice the rate of blacks, according to the 2010 National Healthcare Disparities Report.” >> Read More

CDC: Health is a Human Right – “Opening on Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live, Health is a Human Right examines some historic challenges of the past 120 years in achieving health equity for all in the US. We know that “race and place” are as important as personal choices in achieving our full potential. Low-income people, communities of color, and other vulnerable populations face significant inequities in opportunity. This can lead to inequities of health, along the lines of race, ethnicity, income and education levels.”  >> Read More Health Care Workforce Needs Hispanic Professionals – “One of the results of having a burgeoning Hispanic population is the need, for qualified Hispanic health care workers to address their medical needs. It’s not only a matter of being able to communicate with patients in Spanish, it is also a matter of being intimately acquainted with Hispanic culture that makes Hispanic health care workers so essential for the health and welfare of our changing demographics. And unless the number of Hispanics entering health fields increases, the U.S. faces a healthcare shortage within the next decade.” >> Read More

Salud Today: Study Finds Link Between Peanut Consumption and Lower Obesity Rates in Mexican-American Children – “A recent study by the Children’s Nutrition Research Center in Houston, Texas has discovered an interesting correlation between obesity and peanut consumption. According to their study, Mexican-American children who consume peanuts at least once a week are less likely to be overweight or obese. Currently, 39% of the Mexican-American children are classified as overweight or obese, compared to the 32% of all children in the United States- a fact that prompts studies like this, that explore what factors and foods affect childhood obesity.” >> Read More

Washington Post: Obamacare just got easier to implement, not harder – “Larry Levitt, vice president of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, agreed. “There’s nothing about the delay in the employer requirement that suggests Obamacare can’t still be implemented,” he said. “If anything the delay removes some potential administrative complexities from the plates of the implementers, and avoids the problem of some employers reducing the hours of part-time workers to get around the requirement.”” >> 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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