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Health Disparities Roundup – March 1, 2013

Image Credit: iStock Photo

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

The Wall Street Journal: Michelle Obama: The Business Case for Healthier Food Options – “These companies and so many others are responding to clear trends in consumer demand. Today, 82% of consumers feel that it’s important for companies to offer healthy products that fit family budgets, according to the Edelman public relations firm. Meanwhile, a study conducted by Nielsen revealed that even when many families are operating on tight budgets, sales of fresh produce actually increased by 6% in 2012. And in 2011, the Hudson Institute reported that in recent years, healthier foods have generated more than 70% of the growth in sales for consumer packaged-goods companies—and when these companies sell a high percentage of healthier foods, they deliver significantly higher returns to their shareholders.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Stress, Health and African American Women: A Black History Month Notation – “According to solid research, historically African American women are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of race-related stress, given their socially constructed identities as African Americans and as women. These findings are consistent with the hypothesis that racial discrimination is a chronic stressor that can negatively impact the cardiovascular health of African Americans through pathogenic processes associated with serious negative reactive changes in blood pressure and heart rate. African American women report more frequent encounters with everyday unfair treatment than Caucasian women. African American women who live in the city report a greater number of acute life events as stressors (divorce, marriage, job loss, etc) than Caucasian women. It’s no surprise that socioeconomic status, everyday experiences with unfair treatment and acute life events each make a significant contribution to differences in women’s health status.” >> Read More

New York Times: New Bilingual Web Site to Focus on Latino Health – “Vida Vibrante, which means Vibrant Life in Spanish, has been available in a stripped-down beta version since October, but will make its official debut Thursday, adding a number of new features. Among them will be a national directory of bilingual doctors, videos, a mobile application and e-mail newsletters. The site will offer visitors the option to read the content in English or Spanish.” >> Read More

Washington Post: Health law’s rules help hospitals cut patient readmission rate – “These provisions include new financial penalties that Medicare, the federal health program for the elderly and disabled, has begun imposing on hospitals with high readmission rates. They also include extra funding and incentives for hospitals and outpatient providers to do a better job of coordinating care for patients after they head home.” >> Read More

Fox News Latino: Sequestration’s Impact on Latino Education, Health & Jobs – “Among the sweeping number of budget cuts that are planned to go into effect on March 1 are many that will directly impact the lives of Latinos in the United States, including cuts to the Department of Homeland Security and the education and health care budgets. Ahead of the Friday deadline, DHS released Tuesday a number of undocumented immigrants held in detention centers around the country to save money, a controversial move that has been dominating headlines.” >> Read More

ThinkProgress: The Wealth Gap Between Whites And African-Americans Tripled Over The Last 25 Years – “In 2009, a representative survey of American households revealed that the median wealth of white families was $113,149 compared with $6,325 for Latino families and $5,677 for black families. Looking at the same set of families over a 25-year period (1984-2009), our research offers key insight into how policy and the real, lived-experience of families in schools, communities, and at work affect wealth accumulation. Tracing the same households during that period, the total wealth gap between white and African-American families nearly triples, increasing from $85,000 in 1984 to $236,500 in 2009.” >> Read More

Take Part: The Surprising Solution to Urban Food Deserts (Hint: It’s Not More Supermarkets) – “Each represents a food desert—“ a census tract with a substantial share of residents who live in low-income areas that have low levels of access to a grocery store or healthy, affordable food retail outlet,” per the United States Department of Agriculture—and to judge by the broad stretches of city that aren’t shaded pink on the USDA map, food-access issues in Los Angeles are isolated in South L.A. Considering that the two largest swaths of designated food deserts are where the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are located—the countless channels and docks tens of thousands of employees work, but where only about 1,000 people are actually living with low access—the map can give the impression that this isn’t a systemic problem.”  >> Read More

Huffington Post: End LGBT Invisibility in Health Care Now! Do Ask, Do Tell – “Lesbians are less likely than heterosexual women to have health insurance or get preventive health care such as mammograms, and they may be at greater risk for breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Some studies indicate higher prevalence of these cancers among lesbians, yet we don’t know for sure, because we don’t gather enough data systematically. What we do know is that while lesbians are as likely as straight women to get cervical cancer, they are up to 10 times less likely to be screened for it.” >> Read More

Voxxi:  Million Hearts: Spanish-language resources to prevent heart disease – “In an effort to address the health disparity when it comes to heart disease in Latinos, Million Hearts, a public, private and federal partnership headed up by the Department of Health and Human Services, has released new Spanish-language resources for medical providers serving Latino communities. The goal is to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by the year 2017.” >> Read More

CT Latino News: Fast Food Makes Up 11 Percent of the Latino Diet – “On an average day, Latino adults in the U.S. get roughly 11 percent of their calories from fast food, according to a recent survey by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. This is about the same percentage of fast food calories consumed by non-Latino whites. While this percentage has been reduced since a report conducted in 2006, the recent survey was conducted between 2007 through 2010. The study was conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC); researchers collected detailed observations of the daily food and drink consumption of 11,000 adults, over a 24 hour period.” >> Read More

Media Decoder: New Bilingual Web Site to Focus on Latino Health – “Add a new health and wellness Web site to the growing number of content portals dedicated to the bilingual, bicultural Latino reader. This site, called Vida Vibrante, will focus on health and wellness issues affecting Latinos.” >> Read More

Stand Up For Health Care: At Risk in the Budget Battle: Health Care for Communities of Color – “The budget fight is sure to heat up in the next couple of months in what seems like a never-ending battle between the President and Congress. So what’s at stake? Many lawmakers want to see large cuts to a range of health care programs—many of which reduce health disparities and provide vital services to millions of people of color. Such cuts would exact a heavy toll on the health of communities of color and only worsen racial inequities in health.” >> Read More

American Medical News: Black men increasingly hard to find in medical schools – “Black men are notable in that their numbers are lagging even as other minorities and women are continuing a long-term trend of gaining greater representation among medical school applicants and students, according to the most recent Assn. of American Medical Colleges report on medical education diversity. The report said 2.5% of medical school applicants were black men in 2011, a drop from 2.6% in 2002. That compares with 9% and 11% increases in the share of Asian and Hispanic male applicants, respectively, during the same period. A 10% greater share of matriculating students were Asian men in 2011 than in 2002, and Hispanic men made up a 24% larger proportion of new medical students. The share of white male applicants and matriculants was stable.” >> 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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