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Health Disparities News Roundup – Friday, December 23, 2011

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

Hispanically Speaking News: Hispanics, still Victims of Health Disparities – “Hispanics continue to suffer from disparities in health care, despite advances in coverage within the health care system and the reduction in mortality from certain illnesses.” >> Read more

Psych Central: Ethnic Disparities Persist in Depression Diagnosis, Treatment – “Ethnicity still appears to influence the diagnosis and treatment of depression, as a Rutgers University study finds that African-Americans are significantly less likely to receive a depression diagnosis than were non-Hispanic whites. In addition, those diagnosed were less likely to be treated for depression.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Black Health Year In Review: The Biggest Breakthroughs Of 2011 – “With more money pledged to treat those living with HIV to more stringent rules in the works for keeping babies safe inside their cribs, 2012 promises to be a good year to close the gap on some of the health disparities that have plagued the African-American community for years.” >> Read More

New York Times: To Fix Health, Help the Poor – “IT’S common knowledge that the United States spends more than any other country on health care but still ranks in the bottom half of industrialized countries in outcomes like life expectancy and infant mortality. Why are these other countries beating us if we spend so much more? The truth is that we may not be spending more — it all depends on what you count. “ >> Read More La. needs to address clean air issues – “As the NAACP State Conference president for Louisiana I am responsible for hearing and addressing all types of concerns. In Louisiana, far too many of the complaints I hear relate to deprivation of what should be a basic human right for all, the right to breathe clean air.” >> Read More

U.S Health News: Obesity Linked to Lower Paycheck – “The analysis of data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth revealed that in 2004, overall average annual incomes were $8,666 less for obese women and $4,772 less for obese men compared with normal weight workers.” >> Read More

ABC News: Hospitals to Face Penalties for Patient Readmission – “Medicare is preparing to penalize hospitals with frequent, potentially avoidable readmissions, which by one estimate costs the government $12 billion a year. But this new policy is likely to disproportionately affect hospitals that treat the lowest-income patients, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis of data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.” >> 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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