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Health Disparities News Roundup – Friday, October 14, 2011

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

Syracuse.comPublic health expert: American Indians cannot be ignored in discussions of ethnic health disparities – “Even though alcoholism, diabetes and other diseases kill American Indians at much higher rates than other minority groups, the disparity is often ignored because American Indians account for less than 2 percent of the population, Bird said.” >> Read More

CNN Health: CDC Health Disease Prevalence Down -“The bottom line is good news and bad news,” Cohen added. “It shows what we can do [with treatment]. How we can do better is also shown by the wide disparities.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: African Americans And Latinos Are Most Affected By HIV, New Report Shows “The major obstacles for Latinos who suffer from HIV/AIDS, German added, include “cultural ignorance, lack of knowledge of the English language, stigmatization, discrimination, chauvinism, drug use and sexual relations with multiple partners.”

KPCC Multi-American: Doctors who treat Latinos aren’t confident they can provide the best care – “Disparities in medical services have long landed minorities on the losing end of the health care system, with several studies documenting the lack of quality care experienced by many black Americans. And it’s no better for Latinos, new research out of UCLA and City University of New York shows.” >> Read More

ABC News: 5 Diseases More Common in Minorities – “Although more and more people are living longer with colorectal cancer, new research has found that black people with the disease aren’t living as long as whites.” >> Read More

New York Times: When the Uprooted Put Down Roots – “New Roots, with 85 growers from 12 countries, is one of more than 50 community farms dedicated to refugee agriculture, an entrepreneurial movement spreading across the country” >> Read More

Health Affairs: Health Reform Holds Both Risks And Rewards For Safety-Net Providers And Racially And Ethnically Diverse Patients – “Abstract – The Affordable Care Act of 2010 creates both opportunities and risks for safety-net providers in caring for low-income, diverse patients. New funding for health centers; support for coordinated, patient-centered care; and expansion of the primary care workforce are some of the opportunities that potentially strengthen the safety net. However, declining payments to safety-net hospitals, existing financial hardships, and shifts in the health care marketplace may intensify competition, thwart the ability to innovate, and endanger the financial viability of safety-net providers.” >> Read More

Think Progress: Health Disparities Unchanged For Low-Income Groups In Last Decade – “A grim report from the Department of Health and Human Services shows that health disparities across race, ethnicity and income remain largely unchanged over a 10-year period.” >> Read More

US Health News: More Evidence Minorities in U.S. Get Poorer Hospital Care -“The United States’ so-called “worst” hospitals are home to a significantly larger pool of elderly, poor and minority patients than are the nation’s better quality/lower cost institutions, new research says.” >> Read More

CT Mirror: Study finds confusion about medical home concept – “State officials are developing plans for Medicaid recipients to be cared for in “medical homes” beginning in January, but they might want to start with a marketing campaign: In focus groups conducted on behalf of the Department of Social Services, many people said they were unfamiliar with the concept–or worse.” >> Read More

St Louis Beacon: Higher death rates for black women with breast cancer is focus of Wash U study – “This disparity is about to get additional attention. Through a grant from the Komen Foundation, a research team led by Sarah Gehlert of Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work, will take a closer look at the experiences of women who were diagnosed with cancer between 2000 and 2008 in a half dozen high cancer-mortality ZIP codes in north St. Louis and in Jennings.” >> Read More

Baltimore Sun Picture of Health: Where you live can help determine your health – “A new study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that where people live plays more of a role in health disparities than was known before. Researchers studied a racially mixed neighborhood in Baltimore and found that disparities commonly found among the races were less prevalent or didn’t exist at all. Disparities in hypertension, diabetes, obesity among women and use of health services were less common.” >> Read More

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Fresh Lens on Health Disparities Reveals Role of Accumulating Risks – “Persistent health disparities between Black and White Americans have a number of possible causes, and have been the subject of considerable research. But a new study co-authored by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health & Society Scholar (2010-2012) Margaret Hicken, PhD, examines disparities through a multi-disciplinary lens, bringing together research on the science of illness, environmental hazards and relevant social factors.” >> Read More

Hospitals and Health Networks: Ending Disparities – “Equity is a principle fundamental to quality health care, yet racial and ethnic disparities not only exist — they are associated with worse patient outcomes. The rapidly changing demographics of our communities make it urgent to address disparities now so that we can move our organizations in directions that will increase, not undermine, our capacity to effectively serve.” >> 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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