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Health Disparities Roundup – May 24, 2013

iStock_000014033906XSmallJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies: The Deep South and Medicaid Expansion: The View From Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina – “The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands Medicaid so that it can provide health insurance to a larger pool of low income uninsured adults, including adults with no children and whose incomes are below about $16,000 a year. In the Deep South states of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina, political opposition to the expansion is strong. This study examines how the public in these states views the Affordable Care Act generally and the Medicaid expansion specifically.” >> Read More

American Progress: The Affordable Care Act and LGBT Families: Everything You Need to Know – “This guide will help couples and parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, understand how the ACA benefits LGBT people and their families. The guide provides a basic overview of the Affordable Care Act, a review of how the act helps you and your family, and an explanation of how you and your family can access affordable health insurance.” >> Read More

New York Times: Navajo Confront an Increase in New H.I.V. Infections – “A surge in H.I.V. infections on the Navajo reservation here has doctors and public health workers increasingly alarmed that the virus that causes AIDS has resurfaced with renewed intensity in this impoverished region. A report released last month by the federal Indian Health Service found that there were 47 new diagnoses of human immunodeficiency virus on the reservation in 2012, up 20 percent from 2011. Since 1999, new H.I.V. cases among Navajo are up nearly fivefold, the report found. The tally of new cases from last year represents the highest annual number recorded among the tribe by the health agency. >> Read More

NBC Latino: Over half of Latinos don’t know key aspects of new health care law, says survey – “About one in three Latinos is uninsured, and Hispanic families are among the groups that can most benefit from the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of health care coverage. Yet more than half  — 54 percent — of Latinos in Colorado could not name one specific aspect of the law, such as the fact that parents can insure their children until the age of 26 (only 18 percent knew), or that insurance companies cannot discriminate due to a pre-existing condition (only 14 percent knew).”  >> Read More New Mobile Apps Help Women of Color Prevent and Fight Cancer – “The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced the winners of the Reducing Cancer Among Women of Color Challenge, a first-of-its-kind effort to address health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities with the development of mobile device applications to help women of color prevent and fight cancer.”  >> Read More

New York Times: The Health Toll of Immigration – “Becoming an American can be bad for your health. A growing body of mortality research on immigrants has shown that the longer they live in this country, the worse their rates of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. And while their American-born children may have more money, they tend to live shorter lives than the parents.”  >> Read More

Washington Post: In an urban food desert, farmers markets make a mobile oasis – “Local health experts are concerned about the prevalence of food deserts because calorie-dense, convenience store food often is the alternative to the fresh selection found at most supermarkets. Eating healthy fights obesity and reduces risks of chronic diseases that affect community health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Portsmouth carries the region’s highest rate of obesity at 39.2 percent. Norfolk is second at 33 percent.” >> 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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