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Health Disparities Roundup – March 22, 2013

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

Huffington Post: And Many Happy Returns: The Affordable Care Act Turns Three “The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a historic law and its third birthday should be celebrated. The law, each day, helps move the country from a ‘sick care’ system to a real health care system. Some of the lesser known but most important provisions of the ACA focus on preventing disease instead of treating people only after they become ill. Millions of Americans are already healthier because of the prevention portions of the law, including Community Transformation Grants (CTG), expanded coverage of preventive services and other measures focused on improving health in the ACA.” >> Read More

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation: Health Coverage by Race and Ethnicity: The Potential Impact of the Affordable Care Act – “ This brief provides an overview of health coverage by race and ethnicity today to provide greater insight into the potential impacts of the ACA coverage expansions for people of color. It finds the following: People of color account for a significant share of the U.S. population today and are projected to make up the majority of the population by 2050. There is significant diversity among communities of color, reflecting varied cultural backgrounds, immigration statuses, and languages. While the majority of people of color have a full-time worker in the family, they are more likely to be in low-income, low-wage jobs that provide limited access to employer-sponsored health insurance.” >> Read More

NBC News: Report: Healthy students are better students – “Children who are physically active and well-nourished have better memory and perform more efficiently on standardized exams than students who do not follow a balanced diet. Children who are physically active and well-nourished have better memory and perform more efficiently on standardized exams than students who do not follow a balanced diet, former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher said Monday on Morning Joe.” >> Read More

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation: Kaiser Health Tracking Poll – “The survey finds that the public is not tuned into decisions states are making today about whether to expand their Medicaid program under the law and how to establish the insurance exchange marketplaces. Just 7 percent of the public say they have heard “a lot” (and 15% have heard “some”) about their own state’s decision to set up an exchange or leave the task to the federal government” >> Read More

New America Media: Farmworkers Feed Nation, But Few Have Health Care – “A round 75 percent of farmworkers hired in the United States lack health insurance, the highest proportion of any major occupational category. More than 90 percent of them are foreign born (most from Mexico), young, married and Spanish-speaking. They toil in the fields so they can send money back home to support their families. Sadly, they are five times more likely to have an occupational fatality than workers in “all industries combined,” says a new report by the Kresge Foundation on health-related inequities among farmworkers and the resurgence of labor-intensive agriculture.” >> Read More

The Grio: Are chain stores avoiding black neighborhoods? – “Increased attention on the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States has made terms like “food deserts” more commonplace. There’s a greater understanding that in many neighborhoods, fast-food restaurants are plentiful; but healthy, affordable food is not. In a recent study, a team of researchers found that many African-Americans face even more challenging circumstances in their neighborhoods. In New York City, they found that many necessary retail resources were either non-existent, scarce or required traveling some distance. Those resources include national and local chain stores that provide products and services for healing, hygiene, work and play. Redlining, the discriminatory practice of refusing to lend money or extend credit to a potential homebuyer because of their race or income was outlawed nearly fifty years ago by the Fair Housing Act. >> Read More

New York Times Well Blog: Vitamin D May Lower Blood Pressure in Blacks – “African-Americans have significantly higher rates of hypertension, and lower blood levels of vitamin D, than the rest of the population. Now a randomized trial suggests that vitamin D supplements may help lower blood pressure. In the three-month study, researchers randomly assigned 250 black men and women to one of four groups: one received a placebo, and the others received 1,000, 2,000, or 4,000 international units of vitamin D daily. The results were published online in the journal Hypertension. >> Read More

Public  News Service: Low-Income Parents Could Lose HUSKY Health Coverage – “EWETT CITY, Conn. – Governor Dannel Malloy’s proposed budget includes saving money by cutting 30,000 to 40,000 parents off the state’s HUSKY Health program, parents who are currently at the upper end of income eligibility. According to Malloy, they could be covered starting next January by subsidized coverage under the Affordable Care Act, but that comes with additional out-of-pocket expenses. Traci Edwards lives with her 10-year-old daughter in Jewett City and works full-time as a program assistant for a non-profit. She and her daughter are both on HUSKY, but she’d lose coverage for herself under Malloy’s plan. “You know, I want to pay my way, I want to, but I can’t afford to,” Edwards said. “You understand, everything’s going up – everything but my income.” For a family of two like hers, parents earning just over $20,600 a year could lose coverage. Edwards says her income won’t stretch to cover the extra expense of the alternative insurance.” >> Read More

Boston Globe: Highlighting cancer divide between rich, poor nations – “There’s an incredible amount that can be done in terms of avoidable and preventable cancers that is really quite low-cost. [Morphine] itself costs pennies. It’s an access issue and an issue of developing appropriate regulatory environments. For other interventions like the HPV vaccine [to prevent cervical cancer], there are some cost issues, but there are also many countries, quite poor, who have found solutions to this. Investing in prevention in developing countries is much less costly than what we’re losing in terms of productivity and suffering.” Read More

CT Latino: Latina Immigrants Prone to Becoming Binge Eaters – “Latinas who are coming to this country as immigrants are finding themselves more susceptible to being binge eaters. Eating disorders are serious business and adolescent females are the primary sufferers of these diseases. In spite of the perception that eating disorders target upper-class Caucasian women, Latinos are no more or no less susceptible to eating disorders than any other ethnic group.” >> 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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