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Health Disparities News Roundup – Friday, September 30, 2011

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

Washington Post: Justice Dept. asks Supreme Court to review health-care law – “The Obama administration moved aggressively Wednesday for Supreme Court review of the 2010 health-care act, making it likely a constitutional ruling on the president’s signature and most controversial domestic achievement will come in the thick of the presidential campaign.” >> Read More

The Community Catalyst Blog: Following the Leaders: How Some Hospitals Use Community Benefit Programs to Address Health Equity – “We’ve used this space to talk at some length about the shortcomings that follow from our “patchwork quilt” of state and federal standards for community benefit. Today, we’re taking a detour to talk about what’s right with community benefit—specifically, steps some hospitals are taking to address disparities in health through community benefit programs.” >> Read More

New York Times: Health Insurers Push Premiums Sharply Higher – “Major health insurance companies have been charging sharply higher premiums this year, outstripping any growth in workers’ wages and creating more uncertainty for the Obama administration and employers who are struggling to drive down an unrelenting rise in medical costs.” >> Read More

Healthcare Blog: The Key to Improving Our Health? Look Beyond Health Care – “The United States spent $2.5 trillion on health care in 2009, more per capita than any other nation. Yet our country is ranked 32nd in the world in life expectancy, and rates of conditions such as diabetes and obesity have increased dramatically in recent years.” >> Read More

BET: No Black, White Health Gap in Canada, Says Study – “A study of race-based health disparities in Canada showed that Blacks are as equally healthy as their white counterparts.” >> Read More

Press Release via Medical News Today: Functional Challenges Develop Earlier In African-American Women – “African-American women develop functional health challenges earlier than their fellow seniors, researchers say’ >> Read More

Bridgeport Banner: Free anonymous screenings in Fairfield County on Oct 6th during National Depression Screening Day – “Over 19 million adult Americans suffer from clinical depression in American each year yet most people wait years before seeking help and many don’t ever get treatment. The good news is that treatment works and recovery from depression is possible – in more than 80 percent of all cases, depression can be effectively treated with medication, talk therapy or a combination of the two. To spread this message of hope and to help people detect and treat depression and other mental health conditions, free anonymous screenings for depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder will be available on Thursday, October 6th at local colleges, hospitals, and community sites as part of National Depression Screening Day.” >> Read More

Communicating for Health Justice: A Communications Strategy Curriculum for Advancing Health Issues – “The Praxis Project’s Communicating for Health Justice is designed to help health advocates fight for a more equitable health system. We now know that the healthiest nations have social and political structures with the most equity and access. With tools, methods, and more, Communicating for Health Justice seeks to help health activists reframe the debate.” >> Read More

Hartford Business: Fewer insured patients put hospitals in a bind – “Many Connecticut hospitals are seeing another spike in patients insured by government assistance programs like Medicaid that don’t cover the full cost of service, putting pressure on their bottom lines and raising concerns about their long-term financial stability.” >> Read More

The Friends of AIDS Foundation: Bill Seeks to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities – “U.S. Representative Barbara Lee (D–Calif.) has introduced the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2011, a bill that seeks to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities, according to a statement from Lee.” >> Read More

Science Daily: One Size Doesn’t Fit All for Vitamin D and Men: African-American Men in Northern Regions Especially Need High Doses of Supplements – “African-American men living in areas with low sunlight are up to 3.5 times more likely to have Vitamin D deficiency than Caucasian men and should take high levels of Vitamin D supplements, according to a new study from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.” >> 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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