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Health Disparities Roundup – March 15, 2013

iStock_000016758762XSmallJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

The Atlantic: How Racism Is Bad for Our Bodies – “A new study by Kathryn Freeman Anderson in Sociological Inquiry adds evidence to the hypothesis that racism harms health. To study the connection, Anderson analyzed the massive 2004 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, which includes data for other 30,000 people. Conceptually, she proposes a simple pathway with two clear steps. First, because of the prevalence of racial discrimination, being a racial minority leads to greater stress. Not surprisingly, Anderson found that 18.2 percent of black participants experienced emotional stress and 9.8 percent experienced physical stress. Comparatively, only 3.5 and 1.6 percent of whites experienced emotional and physical stress, respectively. Second, this stress leads to poorer mental and physical health. But this is not only because stress breaks the body down. It is also because stress pushes people to cope in unhealthy ways. When we feel stressed, we may want a drink and, if we want a drink, we may also want a cigarette. But discrimination is not just any form of stress. It is a type of stress that disproportionately affects minorities.” >> Read More

Salud Today: Study: Latinas Have Severe Time Delay between Abnormal Mammogram, Confirmation of Breast Cancer – “Latinas who have an abnormal mammogram result take 33 days longer to reach definitive diagnosis of breast cancer than non-Hispanic white women, according to a new study by the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Such a time delay can have a critical impact on tumor size, stage at diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and survival of subsequent breast cancer. For this study, published online in SpringerPlus in March 2013, IHPR researchers worked with partners in the federally funded Redes En Acción: The National Latino Cancer Network to evaluate the differences in time to diagnosis of breast cancer among 186 Latinas and 74 non-Hispanic whites who received an abnormal mammogram result in six U.S. cities.” >> Read More

The Grio: Make the Affordable Care Act pay off for you – “Three years ago, the Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama. This historical law is structured to transform health care in America. To start, it will grant health care to people who could not otherwise afford it. According to the 2010 Census, 20 percent of African-Americans do not have health insurance. Additionally, 28 percent of African-Americans rely on Medicaid for health insurance. Some experts say that the slow economic recovery and high unemployment rates contribute to the high levels of uninsured Americans.  There are also many Americans who are working full time but cannot get health insurance through their employer. This presents an estimated $73 billion dilemma for the country.” >> Read More

CT Post: Big health care changes coming for state, nation – “Standard Benefit Explanations: Health insurers must provide policyholders with standard disclosure forms (no more than four pages) summarizing benefits and coverage, including information about deductibles, co-payments, out-of-pocket limits and excluded services. The standard format allows consumers to make informed decisions based on apples-to-apples comparisons of health plans. Insurers must also disclose typical out-of-pocket costs for two scenarios: having a baby and treating type 2 diabetes. Future years will include coverage estimates for other conditions, such as heart attack or breast cancer.”>> Read More Obamacare means more funding for Native American clinics – “With the simplification and expansion of Medi-Cal under the Affordable Care Act, clinics will be better able to treat their Native American patients. The median income of Native Americans is $35,000 a year, $15,000 less a year than the national average. Anyone in a family of four making $31,000 a year or less will now qualify for Medi-Cal. Also, until now childless adults could not qualify for Medi-Cal no matter what their income. With Obamacare, individuals making $15,000 a year or less will qualify.” >> 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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