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Health Disparities News Roundup – Friday, December 16, 2011

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

The Hill’s Congress Blog: Secretary must consider most vulnerable when determining essential benefits package – “A crucial decision is quietly working its way through the halls of the Department of Health and Human Services that will impact the quality of care available to millions of Americans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The issue at hand is the requirements for the essential health benefits package, which will decide which components insurance plans will have to include in order to qualify for the exchanges set up under the ACA” >>  Read More

MedPage Today: American Diet Gets Failing Grade – “Better-educated Americans — those with at least a high school education — more closely complied with the recommendations than those who had less education, Ervin reported.” >> Read More

New York Times: Aid for Child Care Drops When It Is Needed Most – “The subsidy, a mix of federal and state funds that reimburses child care providers on behalf of families, is critical to the lives of poor women. But it has been eaten away over the years by inflation and growing need and recently by state budget cuts, leaving parents struggling to find other arrangements to stay employed.” >> Read More

PhysiciansNewsDigest: Physicians Pessimistic on Benefits of Health Care Reform – “A new Deloitte study reveals physicians are skeptical about core promises associated with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Only 27 percent of physicians surveyed believe the PPACA is likely to reduce costs by increasing efficiency, and only 33 percent feel it is likely to decrease disparities.  Moreover, half say access to health care will decrease because of hospital closures that result from the law.” >> Read More

tikkun olam: Students Occupy for Health Justice – “Today’s future doctors realize that health care is more than physical health, social determinants of health are equally as important. The schools our kids attend, the neighborhoods we grow up in, the cleanliness of the environment, joblessness, and poverty all deeply impact our health.” >> Read More

Medical News Today: Racial, Ethnic And Insurance Disparities Revealed In Post -Hospital Care After Trauma – “According to the results of a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, African-Americans, Hispanics and uninsured patients use fewer post-hospitalization services after traumatic injury, including home health care, skilled nursing care, and rehabilitation.” >> Read More

BET: Study: Income, Not Race, May Be the Biggest Predictor in Health Habits – “We know that racial health disparities and differences exist, especially when it comes to weight, diet and exercise. Researchers from John Hopkins believe that income level better explains why these differences are so prevalent in the U.S.” >> Read More

Boston Review: Inequality and Health in America – “While the top one percent of earners in the United States were doubling their share of total income over the past 30 years, middle- and lower-income families were losing their access to affordable health insurance. Rapidly rising health-care costs coupled with expanding job losses have left millions of American families exposed to potential economic crisis when faced with illness or injury. The number one cause for bankruptcy in the US is an unexpected health crisis. The following statistics tell the story.” >> Read More

Health Policies: Historical Trauma, American Indians, and Health – “The stunning health differences that are seen between American Indians and either Whites or ‘all races’ as reported by the Indian Health Service in ‘Trends in Indian Health’ (2002-3) can be found on their website: www.ihs.gov .  The Indian Health Service is a national health agency under the US Public Health Service charged with the health care of members of the 565 federally recognized tribes.  Some of the differences as noted in their report includes: 1) tuberculosis 533 percent greater; 2) alcoholism 526 percent greater; 3) diabetes mellitus 208 percent greater; 4) unintentional injuries 150 percent greater; 5) homicide 87 percent greater; 6) suicide 60 percent greater; 7) pneumonia and influenza 42 percent greater, and; 8 ) firearm injury 26 percent greater.” >> 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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