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Health Disparities Roundup – Friday, April 20, 2012

Here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

Time Healthland: Exposure to Air Pollution in Pregnancy May Boost Chances of Obesity in Kids – “In a study published this week in the American Journal of Epidemiology, scientists at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University found that exposure to air pollution during pregnancy may be associated with a greater chance of having heavier kids.” >> Read More

Health News: Cancer pain relief lacking, especially for minorities – “Many people being treated for cancer may still be getting inadequate pain relief, particularly black and Hispanic patients, a new study suggests.” >> Read More

CBS News: Study: Whites more likely to get antidepressant prescription than African-Americans, Hispanics – “But, race may play more a factor than just the physician’s prescribing choice. Loretta Jones, founder and executive director of Healthy African American Families, who has spent 30 years studying minority health policy, said to The Atlantic that African-Americans are less likely to take antidepressants because they are less likely to ask for them and don’t want to be considered “crazy.” >> Read More

American Progress: The State of Gay and Transgender Communities of Color in 2012  – “Three years after the Great Recession, the United States is seeing a recovering economy and a growing job market. Congress has passed Wall Street reforms, and affordable health insurance is benefiting millions of Americans. Despite this progress, however, communities of color throughout the United States still face economic challenges and fewer opportunities than their white counterparts.” >> Read More

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Disparities in Premature Mortality Between High- and Low-Income US Counties – “The association between income and premature mortality was stronger among low-income counties than high-income counties. They found differences in the pattern of risk factors between high- and low-income groups. Significant geographic, sociodemographic, racial/ethnic, health care, social, and behavioral disparities exist among income groups.” >> Read More

Hartford Courant: Connecticut Is A Good Place For Women, Unless …  – “However, women who are not well-educated, who are struggling in dead-end jobs close to minimum wage, face a different scenario altogether. For them, Connecticut can be a very tough place to live, because the cost of living is high, the rents are high, and when it comes to paying for child care, Connecticut is among the five most expensive states in the country.” >> Read More

New York Times: Studies Question the Pairing of Food Deserts and Obesity – “But two new studies have found something unexpected. Such neighborhoods not only have more fast food restaurants and convenience stores than more affluent ones, but more grocery stores, supermarkets and full-service restaurants, too.”  >> Read More

U.S. News Health: Social Factors May Affect Lifespan More Than Race, Location – “In the new study, the researchers examined data on the probability of survival to age 70 for people in counties across the United States. The data was initially categorized according to sex and race, but the researchers then considered how other factors affect life expectancy. The analysis showed that when factors related to local social conditions — such as education, income, and job and marital status — are included, health differences based on race and region virtually disappear..” >> Read More

NPR: Smoking or Schools: Which is More Important to Your Health? – “Too often, we confuse health with health care. Health care comes from a doctor or hospital. But health comes from many places we don’t normally think of as health at all — things like good schools, safe neighborhoods and access to a variety of jobs. In other words, if you live in places without those things, you have a lower likelihood of enjoying good health.” >> Read More

The Hour: Cancercare social worker reaches out to minority population –  >> Read More – “According to the American Cancer Society website, “Disparities in the cancer burden among racial and ethnic minorities largely reflect obstacles to receiving health care services related to cancer prevention, early detection and high-quality treatment with poverty as the overriding factor. “ >> Read More

Center for American Progress: Idea of the Day: Communities of Color Have Had a Harder Time Recovering from the Great Recession – “The fact that the benefits of the economic recovery are slowly spreading to all groups except to African Americans, at least through the end of 2011, is reminiscent of the African American experience following the previous recession in 2001. During that time period African Americans’ economic fortunes—employment, income, wealth, and homeownership—grew much slower than those of Latinos and declined in relation to those of Asian Americans and whites.” >> 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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