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Health Disparities Roundup – June 28, 2013

Flickr photo by globalJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

NewsOne: National HIV Testing Day Focuses On ‘Take The Test. Take Control’ Theme – “National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) is an annual campaign that aims to raise awareness about HIV, and encourages individuals to know their status. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), just over 1 million persons live with HIV and one out of five do not know they carry the virus. In the United States, African-Americans are the racial and ethnic group most affected by HIV. The CDC estimates that new infection rates in Blacks are nearly eight times higher than those in Whites. Black men ages 25-34 are the most affected age group, with rates of infection in Black women decreasing in most recent data. However, Black women are still disproportionately affected by the virus.” >> Read More

Kaiser Health News: Latino Enrollment Key To Success Of Health Law Marketplaces – “The administration announced this week that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be making the rounds on Spanish-language media outlets to discuss the health law and unveiled the newly revamped CuidadoDeSalud.gov, the Spanish version of HealthCare.gov. Latinos make up 17 percent of the total U.S. population, but 32 percent of the nation’s uninsured. They’re also more likely to be young – nearly half of Hispanics are under the age of 26. That’s important for the insurance pools because young and healthy people need fewer medical services and insurance companies can use their premiums to help subsidize coverage for older or sicker patients.” >> Read More

U.S News: Black Medicaid Recipients Less Likely to Get Living-Donor Kidney: Study – “Black Americans on Medicaid are far less likely to receive a living-donor kidney transplant than patients with private health insurance, a new study finds. In this type of transplant, a living person donates a kidney or part of a kidney to another person.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Obama’s Climate Plan Will Bring Important Benefits for the Latino Community – “While the Latino community may be extremely focused on immigration reform these days, this critical voting bloc’s concerns go beyond a single issue. Recent polling shows that 86 percent of Latinos in the United States support the president taking action to control the pollution that causes climate change.” >> Read More

The Atlantic: The LGBT Health Movement, 40 Years Since Homosexuality Was a Mental Illness  – “A follow-up report released in January 2013 by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) LGBT Research Coordinating Committee revealed exceptionally thin NIH resources committed to investigating the well-documented health disparities among LGBT Americans — including higher rates of alcoholism, cancer, depression, smoking, suicide, and violence.” >> Read More

Examiner.com: Racial and ethnic disparities exist in ADHD diagnosis – “The investigators found that minority children were less likely than white children to receive an ADHD diagnosis. With time-invariant and -varying confounding factors statistically controlled the odds of ADHD diagnosis for African Americans, Hispanics, and children of other races/ethnicities were 69%, 50%, and 46%, respectively, than for whites. Factors increasing children’s risk of an ADHD diagnosis included being a boy, being raised by an older mother, being raised in an English-speaking household, and engaging in externalizing problem behaviors. Factors decreasing children’s risk of an ADHD diagnosis included engaging in learning-related behaviors (i.e., being attentive), displaying greater academic achievement, and not having health insurance. Among children diagnosed with ADHD, racial/ethnic minorities were less likely than whites to be taking prescription medication for the disorder.”  >> Read More

The Root: Black Women and HIV Rates: A Reprieve – “For the first time in two decades, the number of new HIV infections reported among black women — a group bearing the brunt of one of the nation’s most disproportionately high HIV-infection rates — has declined. In fact, between 2008 and 2010, the most recent detailed data (pdf) available, the number of new infections among black women slid a full 21 percent.” >> Read More

Kaiser Health News: Navigators Will Play Key Role As Marketplace Launch Nears – “Under the act, insurance exchanges will start open enrollment on Oct. 1, essentially through websites and call centers that the uninsured and others can use to buy coverage. The actual plans will start Jan. 1. Most people will need to be insured next year or pay a penalty. Tax credits may help individuals who are up to 400 percent of the poverty line. For some, it will be the first time they have health insurance. The new exchanges are expected to attract individuals and small business workers.” >> Read More

New York Times: California Pushes for Immigrant Health – “When Congress passed President Obama’s health care overhaul, a critical compromise provision was that immigrants living in the United States illegally would not be allowed access to publicly subsidized health insurance. Even now, as lawmakers in Washington are debating an overhaul of immigration laws, leaders from both parties are arguing that no federal money should be spent on health care for immigrants on their way to obtaining citizenship. But not in California, where there are an estimated 2.6 million illegal immigrants. Here, public health officials, elected representatives and advocacy groups are going in the opposite direction, trying to cobble together ways to provide preventive care for such immigrants, who are expected to make up the largest share of the remaining uninsured once the state’s expanded Medicaid program takes full effect.” >> Read More

USA Today: Underdiagnosis of ADHD begins early for some groups – “Prior research has shown that black, Hispanic and other minority children are less likely than comparable white children to be diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, but a new study shows that this disparity starts as early as kindergarten and continues through middle school. Among those diagnosed with ADHD — the most common mental health condition among kids and teens — children who are ethnic or racial minorities are less likely to use prescription medication for the disorder, even when researchers account for such factors as health insurance coverage, socio-economic status and academic achievement.” >> Read More

NBC Latino: Health care, education key to combating rising poverty rates among children, say experts – “Poverty remains a high-priority issue for the country and continues to impact Hispanic children,  as the rates of poor children has continued to climb even as the nation’s unemployment has declined, states a new report. According to an annual report released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 23 percent of American children lived in poverty in 2011, a 19 percent increase in poverty levels since 2005. Latino children are disproportionately impacted by the increase of overall poverty levels as well, with 34 percent of Hispanic children living at the poverty level; a 2 percent jump from 32 percent in 2010.” >> Read More

the ct mirror: Interactive: A look at hospital charges in Connecticut –“ Consumers in May got to see what hospitals across the country charged for some of the most commonly performed inpatient medical procedures. “Up until now there hasn’t been a one-stop shop to compare hospitals in the state, across multiple procedures,” said Victoria Veltri, Connecticut’s healthcare advocate. “It was a big move nationally, never mind for the state of Connecticut.” The discrepancies, reflected in the 2011 data released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, were eye-opening. Even in a state as small as Connecticut, there could be a difference of $100,000 or more for the same procedure — though there was much less of a difference between what hospitals were actually reimbursed for the procedure by Medicaid, Medicare or private insurance.” Read More

Washington Post: Obamacare starts in 100 days – “This is the final sprint for the Obama administration and its allies. The White House has made a conscious decision to hold off on public outreach and education until right before open enrollment — there’s no point in pitching a product, the thinking has gone, until it’s almost on the shelves.” >> 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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