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Health Disparities News Roundup – Friday, December 9, 2011

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

Hartford Business: CT lifts its U.S. health rank to No. 3 but … – “Connecticut is now the third healthiest state in the country, a new study says, but that doesn’t mean The Nutmeg state has a clean bill of health. The United Health Foundation’s annual “America’s Health Rankings,” report released Tuesday ranks Connecticut third of out of 50 states in terms of the overall health of its population, an improvement from last year when the state was ranked No. 4.” >> Read More

Health Leaders Media: Primary Care Physicians Link Social Barriers to Poor Health – “Primary care physicians say pervasive and stubborn social barriers such as a lack of access to adequate housing, transportation, and nutritious, affordable food may impact patient health as much as access to direct medical care, a survey shows.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: 10 States Spending The Most On Health Care: Report – “How much Americans spend on health care can vary widely across the country, and it’s those states with wealthier populations that tend to spend the most, according to a report released Wednesday. The study, by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, tracked health care spending in all states from 1991 until 2009, by which time the average per-capita health care expenditure for U.S. citizens had expanded to $6,815. According to the report, regions that spent more on health care tended to have wealthier, older populations, and states that spent less generally had poorer populations with larger number of the young and uninsured.” >> Read More

NPR: Milwaukee’s ‘Misery Index’: Infant Mortality  – “There is a part of Milwaukee where the infant mortality rate is worse than in parts of rural China. One baby dies for every 59 that make it.” >> Read More

Think Progress: Rep. Pence Claims Abortion Is The Leading Cause Of Death In The Black Community – “Pretending that terminated pregnancies cause more death and suffering than illness or violence is to be willfully ignorant of those ravages on the black community. The actual leading causes of death among African Americans include heart disease, cancer, stroke, homicide, and HIV/AIDS. According to the CDC, there are striking health disparities between blacks and other racial groups because of discrimination and lack of access to health care.  >> Read More

Intersections South LA: Obesity epidemic hits South L.A. harder than most – “And while obesity is a problem for Americans in all walks of life, it’s worse when you don’t live near a park, when access to public transportation is limited, when sidewalks are broken and streetlights are few.” >> Read More

American Medical News: Super committee gone, 27% Medicare pay cut threat remains – Washington – Lawmakers again find themselves with less than a month to pass legislation to stop a steep decrease in Medicare payments to physicians. Doctors are in the familiar situation of facing severe pay cuts brought on by Medicare’s sustainable growth rate formula. On Jan. 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services is set to start paying claims for Medicare services at 27.4% less than 2011 rates. >> Read More

New York Times: Graying Town Builds a Life Beyond Bingo – “And Southbury and Connecticut, like much of the nation, face the huge challenge of supporting their aging population. The solvency of Social Security and the rising costs of Medicare are two problems yet to be solved, since the Congressional deficit reduction committee failed last month to reach a deal.” >> Read More

ColorLines: Beyond Politics: How Undocumented Youth Can Find Emotional Support – “An undocumented student in Texas, Luna was reportedly anxious about his immigration status. While the tragedy has been widely reported in some progressive circles, it also points to the deeply disturbing reality that many people struggle with mental illness and thoughts of helplessness, and it’s especially hard for undocumented young people to find help.” >> Read More

Healthcare Blog: Should Doctors Make House Calls? – “Our latest research suggests that we can statistically predict which people are most likely to end up having chronic diseases five or ten years from now. We can pinpoint these people right down to which house they live in.” >> Read More

The Washington Informer: Campaign Stresses Importance of Flu Vaccinations Among African Americans in D.C. – “Washington, D.C. — African Americans are the largest number of populations, nationwide, who are unvaccinated against the flu.” >> Read More

Hartford Courant: CT Faces Deep Federal Cuts If Congress Can’t Reach Deficit Deal – “With the meltdown of the Congressional supercommittee that was charged with paring the nation’s deficit by $1.2 trillion, Connecticut faces tens of millions of dollars in cuts to federal grants for energy assistance, addiction treatment, education programs and other activities.” >> 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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