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Health Disparities News Roundup – Friday, November 11, 2011

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

Healthcare Finance News: Aetna leads five-foundation study of healthcare quality in Connecticut – “The Aetna Foundation and four other healthcare foundations in Connecticut have announced plans to fund a survey of residents aimed at finding out how well healthcare is delivered in the state.” >> Read More

UMass Med Now: Office of Survey Research to conduct health care survey for Connecticut – “Commonwealth Medicine’s Office of Survey Research has been awarded a $378,189 grant to conduct a health care survey for Connecticut. The project is co-funded by the Aetna Foundation, Connecticut Health Foundation, the Patrice and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation, Foundation for Community Health and the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, Inc.” >> Read More

FDL: Americans Want Bigger Role for Government in Health Care – “The American people prefer a bigger government that provides more health care services according to a new poll by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Only 37 percent of Americans would prefer a smaller government that provided fewer health services, while a majority, 52 percent, said they would prefer a larger government that provided more health services.“ >> Read More

Latinovations: Latinos Would be Among Worst Hurt if Medicaid is Cut – “Latinos would be among the hardest hit if Medicaid is cut, according to a new report by a coalition of health and civil rights organizations. The report titled “Medicaid: A Lifeline for Blacks and Latinos with Serious Health Care Needs,” found that cutting Medicaid doesn’t actually reduce medical costs, instead it shifts the costs to states, families, hospitals and people with insurance.  And with Latinos and Blacks more than twice as likely to rely on Medicaid for health care because of the tendency to have lower incomes than whites, this would result in a disproportionate damaging effect on these communities” >> Read More

NPR Shots: Poor Economy May Be Coloring Views Of Nation’s Health – “Public skepticism about health isn’t confined to doubts about last year’s health care law. Despite evidence to the contrary, most Americans also think the overall health of the public isn’t improving, according to a new poll commissioned by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.” >> Read More

The Urban Politico: African Americans: 20 Years after Magic; what have we learned? – “Twenty years since Magic made HIV and AIDS “real” to the African American community – and sixteen years after Eazy-E made it real to the Hip Hop community – the most our community has seemed to get out of it is that brothers on the “down low” are bad. I’m being flippant, but you see my point (maybe).” >> Read More

Blog: National Partnership for Action: Improving Health Disparities Research – “Cross-posted from the blog. This year we have achieved important milestones in our commitments to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities, including the release of Healthy People 2020 and the National Prevention Strategy, as well as the launch of the HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.” >> Read More

Patrick F. Clarkin, Ph.D.: Inequality, Health Disparities, & Obesity – “An October poll of 1,000 likely voters found that Americans are increasingly concerned about income inequality. When asked: “How Big a Problem is Income Inequality in the US?,” the majority (74%) replied that it was either a big problem or somewhat of a problem. Predictably, there were differences in opinion by political ideology, but a majority of liberals (94%), moderates (81%), and conservatives (55%) answered that inequality was at least somewhat problematic. However, as is true of many polls, it was not specified exactly what people found unsettling about it.” >> Read More

Hartford Business: State-of-the-art  – “As patients walk into the Community Health Center in New Britain, they are greeted by an electronic kiosk, ready to scan a patient’s license so they can quickly check in. Flat-screen TVs provide health tips.“ >> 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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