Health Equity Alert!

Written by admin   // May 21, 2012   // 0 Comments

Local Employment Opportunity

 

Community Research Ambassador

Source: United Community Center

Job Description: The Centro de la Comunidad Unida – United Community Center (UCC) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin is seeking a full-time Community Research Ambassador to work with a team to advance community-academic research partnerships at the UCC and with members of the Latino communities on the south side of Milwaukee and University of Wisconsin faculty. This is a field staff position located in Milwaukee with some work also occurring in Madison. This full-time position.

 

 

 

Local News/Research

 

 

Supporters hold out hope for future of Mobile Market

Source: Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Customers and supporters of the Mobile Market program expressed disappointment and frustration after learning that the program is scheduled to close in June.

“We live in a food desert,” said Mike Howden, who volunteers with his wife at the Mobile Market in Washington Park, sponsored by United Methodist Children’s Services (UMCS). He and his wife, 40-year residents of the neighborhood, are members of the health and wellness committee that brought the market to the area.

“It’s easy for us because we have a car, and we can go any place,” Howden added. “(We) know the situation for many people in the neighborhood is that they don’t have transportation, and there’s no grocery store in walking distance. All there are is the corner groceries, which do not have healthy choices of food.”

 

 

 

National News/Research

 

 

Blacks, Hispanics Have Higher Colon Polyp Risk Than Previously Thought

Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine

Black and Hispanic Americans are far more likely than whites to develop precancerous colorectal polyps, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 5,000 men and women aged 50 and older who had a first-time colonoscopy screening at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center in New York City between 2006 and 2010. None of the patients had signs or symptoms of colorectal (colon) cancer at the time of the screening.

 

 

CDC: Higher Income and Education Levels Linked to Better Health

Source: TIME

More educated people who make more money have lower rates of several chronic diseases, including obesity, compared to people with lower education and income levels, according to Health, United States, 2011, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report.

In the government’s 35th annual comprehensive health report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), data from nearly 60 major data sources within the federal government and in the private sector provide a health-related snapshot of life in the U.S. The NCHS looks at data from the start of the study in 1975 through 2010. “We like to highlight different things we find interesting for readers,” says Amy Bernstein, a health services researcher at NCHS.

 

 

Explaining Why Minority Births Now Outnumber White Births

Source: Pews Social Trends

The nation’s racial and ethnic minority groups—especially Hispanics—are growing more rapidly than the non-Hispanic white population, fueled by both immigration and births. This trend has been taking place for decades, and one result is the Census Bureau’s announcement today that non-Hispanic whites now account for a minority of births in the U.S. for the first time.

The bureau reported that minorities—defined as anyone who is not a single-race non-Hispanic white—made up 50.4% of the nation’s population younger than age 1 on July 1, 2011. Members of minority groups account for 49.7% of children younger than age 5, the bureau said, and for 36.6% of the total population. The findings are included in the bureau’s first set of national population estimates since the 2010 Census, when 49.5% of babies under age 1 were minorities

 

 

Home HIV test should be approved, FDA panel rules

Source: Washington Post

An expert panel recommended Tuesday that the Food and Drug Administration approve the first over-the-counter HIV test, a kit that could quickly return results for consumers in the privacy of their homes.

The unanimous votes by a 17-member advisory panel, if accepted by the FDA, would broaden testing options for the virus that causes AIDS, providing an important additional tool for many Americans who are reluctant to get tested, public health officials and advocates said. The test uses a mouth swab to detect the presence of antibodies to the virus within about 20 minutes.

 

 

Linking Human Services & Housing Assistance for Homeless Families & Families at Risk of Homelessness

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

A report from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services examines lessons learned from 14 programs across the U.S. that integrate federally funded housing supports and comprehensive services to prevent and end family homelessness. Linking Human Services and Housing Assistance for Homeless Families and Families at Risk of Homelessness highlights promising practices that may have led to improved outcomes for the families. Practices include forging relationships between program staff and local landlords to increase quality and affordable housing options.

 

 

National Healthcare Disparities Report 2011

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

The U.S. health care system seeks to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease and to improve the physical and mental well-being of all Americans. Across the lifespan, health care helps people stay healthy, recover from illness, live with chronic disease or disability, and cope with death and dying. Quality health care delivers these services in ways that are safe, timely, patient centered, efficient, and equitable.

Unfortunately, Americans too often do not receive care that they need, or they receive care that causes harm. Care can be delivered too late or without full consideration of a patient’s preferences and values. Many times, our system of health care distributes services inefficiently and unevenly across populations. Some Americans receive worse care than other Americans. These disparities may be due to differences in access to care, provider biases, poor provider-patient communication, or poor health literacy.

 

 

Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment: America Apologies for Racist Study 15 Years Ago Today

Source: News One

For 40 years, the Tuskegee syphilis study conducted in the state of Alabama subjected African Americans to one of the most insidious acts of racism ever endured. Fifteen years ago today, the U.S. government apologized to the survivors and their families for the study, with then-President Bill Clinton vowing that history would not repeat itself.

The clinical study — ordered by the U.S. Public Health Service to study the progression of the disease syphilis in poor, rural Black men — was masked to the subjects as free health care from the government. With the Public Health Service working in tandem with the Tuskegee Institute, Black sharecroppers were left suffering with the disease, even though there was a known treatment in 1947 using penicillin.

 

 

Unintended Pregnancy: Incidence and Outcomes Among Young Adult Unmarried Women in the United States, 2001 and 2008

Source: Guttmacher Institute

The United States has a high rate of unintended pregnancy, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has prioritized reducing it in an effort to improve the nation’s health. Most individuals and couples want to plan the timing and spacing of their childbearing. Doing so helps them avoid unintended pregnancies and achieve a range of social, economic and family goals. It also protects women’s and children’s health by preventing unwanted or mistimed births, which are associated with such adverse maternal and child health outcomes as delayed prenatal care, premature birth, and negative physical and mental health effects for children.

 

 

U.S. asthma rates at all-time high, CDC says

Source: Los Angeles Times

(Excerpt) Children (9.5%) had a higher asthma prevalence than adults (7.7%), suggesting that the disease will become a bigger problem in the future. Females (9.2%) had a higher prevalence than males (7%). People of multiple race had an incidence of 14.1%, while Asians had the lowest (5.2%). Blacks were at 11.2%, while whites were at 7.7%. Hispanics of Puerto Rican descent had the highest prevalence, 16.1%. Death rates were highest for women, blacks and people over the age of 65.

 

 

Virtually Every State Experienced Deteriorating Access to Care for Adults over the Past Decade

Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

We use the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) to examine state-level changes in three key access indicators over the past decade. Specifically, we explore changes in the likelihood of having unmet medical needs due to cost, receiving a routine checkup, and receiving a dental visit for all nonelderly adults and for the subgroup of uninsured adults. We also

consider differentials in access between uninsured and insured adults within each state in 2010, and how these differences are reflected in the relationship between access to care and state-level un-insurance rates.

We find that the deterioration in access to care observed in national trends during the past decade was evident in virtually every state in the country. Similarly, consistent with the national trends, the situation deteriorated more for the uninsured than for other adults in most states, which exacerbated the differentials in access and use between the insured and uninsured that had prevailed at the beginning of the previous decade. At the end of the decade, the uninsured in every state were at a dramatic disadvantage relative to the insured across the three access measures we examined. This analysis suggests that the potential benefits of the coverage expansion in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are large and exist in every state.

 

 

World Health Assembly LGBT Health Panel – Speech of Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

While all countries are unique, with different languages, cultures, and histories – as health ministers, we have the same job: to promote and protect the health of all our citizens.

Six months ago, Secretary Clinton addressed the issue of LGBT rights in her speech Dignity for All here on Human Rights Day in December 2011.

We work to ensure better health for all our people because it is the smart thing to do. The more people who are vaccinated, the better protected we all are from infectious diseases. The more adults who are healthy and productive, the stronger our economies are for everybody.

 

 

Clarene Mitchell, Program Manager

Health Equity and Urban Clinical Care Partnerships, Institute for Health and Society

Medical College of Wisconsin | 8701 Watertown Plank Road | Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509

(414-955-5656 | 7 414-955-6529 I Website: http://www.mcw.edu/IHS/HealthEquity.htm

The plague of racism is insidious, entering into our minds as smoothly and quietly and invisibly as floating airborne microbes enter into our bodies to find lifelong purchase in our bloodstreams.

By Dr. Maya Angelou

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