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Health Disparities News Roundup – Friday, November 18, 2011

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

The Hill’s Healthwatch: Supercommittee Dems’ proposed cuts to health law fund draw fire – “Public health advocates immediately pushed back Thursday after a Democratic proposal to slash the healthcare law’s Prevention and Public Health Fund became public.” >> Read More

CT Post: Some wait with apprehension as Supreme Court takes on health reform – “The Supreme Court announced this week that it will hear arguments about whether certain sections of the law are unconstitutional. The court will also decide whether the rest of the law can hold if pieces of it are found unconstitutional. The court will likely rule in June.” >> Read More

The White House Blog: Supreme Court Announces It Will Hear Challenges to the Affordable Care Act – “Earlier this year, the Obama Administration asked the Supreme Court to hear the case against the Affordable Care Act in order to put the challenges to rest and continue moving forward with implementing the law, which will lower the cost of health care for all Americans while ensuring more people are able to access the care they need.” >> Read More

Yale News: Adolescents report weight as primary reason for bullying at school – “Adolescents report that being overweight is a primary reason that students are teased at school, according to a study from the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity.” >> Read More

Your Black Women: Julianne Malveaux: Let’s Talk about Diabetes – “November is diabetes awareness moth, and World Diabetes day is held on November 14 each year. The day aims to increase awareness about diabetes and its complications, and focuses on the need for more resources to fight the causes of diabetes and help fund research about improved treatment options, or even cures. The International Diabetes Federation predicts that by 2030 there will be as many as 552 million diabetics in the world. Presently, nearly 68 percent of all Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes.” >> Read More

Understanding Society: Why We Need to Occupy Healthcare Now – “Health disparities across a population are among the most profound indicators of social inequalities that we can find.  And the fact of significant disparities across groups is a devastating statement about the circumstances of justice under which a society functions.  These disparities translate into shorter lives and lower quality of life for whole groups of people, relative to other groups.” >> Read More

The Defenders Online: An Education in Care: HBO Documentary Explores One Woman’s Wake Up Call When it Comes to Racial Disparities in Health Care – “In 2011, there were nearly 3 million breast cancer survivors in this country. Dee Dee Ricks is one of them. She’s the subject the HBO documentary “The Education of Dee Dee Ricks” which walks us through her treatment and charges that the health care system doesn’t play fair.” >> Read More

New York Times Well Blog: Medical Schools Neglect Gay and Gender Issues – “A study published recently in The Journal of the American Medical Association shows that the situation has not changed much for young doctors. Researchers from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Medical Education Research Group at Stanford University School of Medicine surveyed medical school deans in the United States and Canada and asked about the curriculum devoted to topics like gender identity, coming out as gay and disparities in health care access for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients.” >> Read More

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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