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Health Disparities Roundup – March 29, 2013

iStock_000012643443XSmallJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

Kaiser Health News: Connecticut Races To Reach Uninsured, Open Health Insurance Marketplace – “In the nation’s insurance capital, the hunt to find uninsured people and get them enrolled in the state’s new online health insurance marketplace has already begun. Officials working for Access Health CT, created under the federal health law, have collected names of more than 1,300 people needing coverage at recent town-hall meetings across the state. This spring and summer, they plan to use booths at festivals and street fairs to gather thousands more. Come fall, they’ll also pay community groups and small businesses, such as barbers and beauticians, in New Haven, Bridgeport and other cities with high uninsured rates to reach out to people and sign them up for coverage on the spot.” >> Read More

digihealth pulse: African-American Digital Health Consumers Trust Providers Less Than Other Groups, But Social Media More – “We found that less than half of African American active digital health consumers expressed the highest level of confidence in health information delivered by providers.  In contrast, Hispanics were most likely to highly trust content provided by doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. Interestingly, African-Americans were most likely to rate online and social media sources as highly trustworthy.  Specifically, they were 12% more likely than whites to say blogs, social networks and related channels deliver health and medical content they are highly confident in. There may be many factors contributing to the digital-analog trust gap, which are worth exploring in future studies.  This data also raises interesting questions for those developing online and social media content targeting African-American (and Hispanic) audiences.  We’ll provide more analysis once we have gathered additional data related to this question in future digihealth pulse waves. >> Read More

My Fox NY: National Action Network to tackle health disparities – “A report released by the New York State Minority Health Surveillance showed major disparities among Blacks and Hispanics. According to the report: Hispanics in New York have the highest percentage of people with poor health. African Americans have the highest rate of prostate and female breast cancer mortality. >> Read More

U.S. Health News: Poor Americans in South Less Likely to Get Medical Care: Study – “Poor people in the southern part of the United States are more likely to delay getting needed health care, mostly because states in that region impose the strictest eligibility requirements for Medicaid, new research says. The problem is most pronounced in Texas and Florida, according to the report in the March 28 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. >> Read More

CT Latino News: Living Conditions for Low-Income Latinos May Lead to Sexual Assaults – “Since 2010, the number of Latinos served as part of the center’s overall clientele has increased from 25 percent to 44 percent. From 2010 to 2011, statewide, rapes increased from 16.76 incidents per 100,000 women to 19.21 incidents. At the same time, the U.S. overall saw a drop in sexual assaults, according to the Uniform Crime Report for 2011 from the state Department of Public Safety. Pasten attributes the living conditions as a trend she has noticed in her sexual assault cases. According to her, “Normally, when Latinos come to the U.S, there is a tendency to have roommates with people from your country because they can’t afford rent. They have their families live there and it leaves the opportunity for a child to be sexually assaulted while the mom is working.”> > Read More

Huffington Post: Racism Passes Health Risk Down Generations – “In a 2012 paper in the American Journal of Public Health, Gilbert Gee and colleagues proposed a life course perspective to think about racism and health inequities. How racism impacts health depends on a person’s age. Among other things, a life course model accounts for sensitive periods, when social stressors exert the most impact on a person’s future. One of the most sensitive periods, as one might expect, is early childhood. But the reason may be less obvious. As we age, we enter (and exit) social systems. Gee and colleagues point out that these social systems — for example, education, criminal justice, and labor — drive health inequities. But the lives of parents and children are linked. So, when a parent is discriminated against in one social system, such as labor, it can affect a child during a critical development stage. In fact, research shows that early childhood poverty has long-term effects on that child’s achievements, health, and income as an adult. The life course perspective shows how the effects of discrimination proliferate, are latent, and link lives together.” >> Read More

California Health Advocates: Health Disparities Are Still “Alive & Well” in America – “As a nation, Americans get sick more often than other industrialized countries. Since the mid 1990s Americans with at least 3 chronic illnesses has nearly doubled, and America’s ranking in infant mortality and lifespan has also plunged. This decline in overall health in our population is seen across the board, yet the numbers are far more grave depending on one’s ethnicity. Below is an info-graphic with data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Health Care Statistics highlighting some of these the health inequalities, especially those of African Americans. The infographic particularly highlights the percentages of uninsured people younger 65 and the disparities among ethnicities. It also demonstrates the disparities on the percentage of people expected to live in good health, with only 55.9% of African Americans expected to live in good health as opposed to 69.4% of non-Hispanic Whites.” >> Read More

Mother Nature Network: How Farm to School programs are chipping away at childhood obesity – “A 2007-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that about 17 percent, or 12.5 million children and adolescents aged 2-19 in the United States are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since 1980, obesity among children and adolescents has almost tripled, according to the survey. There are significant racial and ethnic disparities in obesity among U.S. children and adolescents, the survey found. In 2007-2008, Hispanic boys, aged 2 to 19, were significantly more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic white boys, and non-Hispanic black girls were significantly more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic white girls.” >> 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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