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Health Disparities Roundup – July 19, 2013

A young nurse checks blood pressure on senior manJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

New York Times:  Racial Disparities in Life Span Narrow, but Persist – “The gap in life expectancy between black and white Americans is at its narrowest since the federal government started systematically tracking it in the 1930s, but a difference of nearly four years remains, and federal researchers have detailed why in a new report.” >> Read More

CBC Sacramento: Minorities & The ACA – “According to the Office of Minority Health, these health disparities are caused by a number of factors, with economics being one of the leading factors. For example, 26.6 percent of Hispanics, in comparison to 14.9 percent of non-Hispanic Whites, work within service occupations, and those occupations tend to not provide health benefits. The unemployment rate for African Americans was twice as high as the unemployment rate for Non-Hispanic Whites, according to the 2010 Census Bureau report.” >> Read More

Wall Street Journal:  Mixed Results in Health Pilot Plan – “Lowering health-care costs is tougher than improving the quality of care, according to first-year results from a key pilot program under the federal health law. All of the 32 health systems in the so-called Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program improved patient care on quality measures such as cancer screenings and controlling blood pressure, according to data to be released Tuesday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.” >> Read More

Washington Times: Some will need help with health law from ‘navigators’  – “President Obama’s health care law will be available in Spanish and other languages, according to new rules the administration issued late last week that tell the “navigators,” who are supposed to help Americans negotiate the labyrinthian law, to be prepared to help non-English speakers. The in-person assistants, who will help the uninsured determine the coverage and benefits they qualify for, have been told they’ll have to assess the racial and ethnic groups in their regions, know those groups’ preferred languages and “diverse cultural health beliefs,” and be prepared to work within those constraints.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: The HIV Care Continuum Initiative: The Next Step of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy – “Three years ago, President Obama announced an historic comprehensive plan to help turn the tide on HIV/AIDS in the United States: the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. The Strategy has given a new sense of direction, and purpose in our fight against HIV and AIDS. Since the Strategy’s release, scientific developments have advanced our understanding of how to best fight HIV. We now understand that to prevent long-term complications of HIV, treatment is recommended for all adults and adolescents living with HIV in the United States. This is a significant shift; previous recommendations were to hold treatment until people showed signs of immune decline. Recent research also shows that an important benefit of earlier treatment is that it dramatically reduces the risk of HIV transmission to partners. Furthermore, HIV testing technology is faster, and more accurate than ever before, and HIV drug treatment is less toxic, and easier to administer.” >> Read More

New York TimesHealth Insurance Within Reach – “Many Americans still don’t realize the A.C.A. is coming into effect, including 6 out of 10 low-income workers who especially stand to benefit, according to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Many mistakenly believe the law has been overturned and few have any idea how they are to go about purchasing health insurance from the online exchanges being set up in each state — or that the federal government intends to help many of them pay for it. But many efforts are being made to simplify the process of buying insurance and to make the exchanges as user-friendly as possible.” >> Read More

CT Latino: Hispanic Community Lacks Life-Saving Bone Marrow Donors – “The lack of awareness and education in the Latino community on bone marrow donations has resulted in a shortage of potentially life-saving donors, health officials say. Due to an increased need for bone marrow donations from Latinos, local and national donor programs are working to educate the Latino community on how to donate marrow and join the registry of eligible donors. Health experts say many Latinos lack the knowledge of the donor process and thus, do not participate.” >> 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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