Health Equity Alert

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Research Conference: “Agenda Negotiation in the Treatment Process for Homeless People Living with HIV/AIDS”

Objectives:

1. To describe why staff and client enter into service relationships with each other;

2. To analyze the mechanisms through which conflicts among staff and client agendas are resolved; and

3. To apply these findings to the design of future interventions with homeless people living with HIV infection.

Sponsor: Medical College of Wisconsin – Center for AIDS Intervention Research

Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Location: Center for AIDS Intervention (CAIR), 2071 N. Summit Avenue

Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM

RSVP: Kevin Brown, [email protected] , 414-955-7700

Local News/Research

43,000 Wisconsin Young Adults Gain Health Coverage Due to Affordable Care Act

Source: Milwaukee Community Journal

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today that the number of insured young adults has increased in Wisconsin and nationwide as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as health reform or Obamacare. The law allows young adults up to age 26 to stay on their parents’ insurance plans.

National News/Research

America’s Dental Care Crisis

Source: PBS – Frontline

New research released today from the Kaiser Family Foundation highlights just how dire our dental-care system has become. One in four children have untreated tooth decay, now the most common chronic illness among school-aged children. Adults fare no better. And one in four Medicare beneficiaries are missing all of their natural teeth ― a problem that threatens not only among the elderly, but also the very poor. Low-income families and racial and ethnic minorities tend to be disproportionately affected because they tend to lack access to care, according to Kaiser.

An investment in health at the community level

Source: Detroit Free Press

One of the best ways for reaching these underserved populations is community health centers. Funded by the federal government, community health centers deliver comprehensive, high-quality primary health care to patients, regardless of ability to pay.

Many of the services offered by community health centers actually save money in the long run because they keep people from making expensive visits to emergency rooms. And community health centers do it all on budgets far smaller than those available to bigger facilities.

Asian Americans Respond to Pew: We’re Not Your Model Minority

Source: Colorlines

It’s not every day that deep and rigorous research about Asian Americans is released to the public. So when the well-respected Pew Research Center released “The Rise of Asian Americans,” a comprehensive report on the community on Tuesday, it should have been reason enough to celebrate. Instead, the report, which hailed Asians as the fastest-growing and highest-achieving racial group in the country, drew widespread criticism from Asian American scholars, advocates and lawmakers who raised alarm about the report, and warned against taking it seriously at all. Poor research of an oft-overlooked community, it turns out, might do more damage than no research at all.

We are “deeply concerned about how findings from a recent study by the Pew Research Center have been used to portray Asian Americans,” the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, a network of civil rights advocacy groups said on Wednesday. The report’s authors, the AACAJ said, “paint a picture of Asian Americans as a model minority, having the highest income and educational attainment among racial groups. These portrayals are overly simplistic.”

The Rise of Asian Americans
Source: Pew Research Center

Asian Americans are the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the United States. They are more satisfied than the general public with their lives, finances and the direction of the country, and they place more value than other Americans do on marriage, parenthood, hard work and career success, according to a comprehensive new nationwide survey by the Pew Research Center.

Before Health Care Reform, Many Lacked Preventative Care

Source: BET News

With the U.S. Supreme Court making the decision about whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional, another study highlights the state of preventative care in America prior to the ACA. And it doesn’t look too good.

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed data from 2007 to 2010 specifically about preventative care ― cholesterol and high blood pressure screenings, certain medications and tobacco quitting programs ― and found that only half of Americans were receiving it. Keep in mind that preventive care is crucial to our health, because being proactive now can avoid illness in the future, as opposed to waiting until you get sick to seek medical care.

Hampton University’s Historic Cancer-Fighting Efforts Give Alfred Scott ‘A New Lease on Life’

Source: Milwaukee Community Journal

African-American men lead the world in prostate cancer incidences, according to the American Cancer Society’s ‘Cancer Facts and Figures 2009′.

Hampton University is addressing this and other cancer-related minority health disparities with the most precise form of cancer treatment to date. The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI) is the largest of its kind in the world and when its doors opened in August 2010, became only the eighth facility in the country to offer proton therapy.

LGBT Community Still Has Hurdles In Health Care Equality

Source: Kaiser Health News

This year the Healthcare Equality Index, a report produced by the Human Rights Campaign that shows which hospitals and health care facilities score best on measures relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients, visitors and employees, is flashing some big numbers:

•A 40 percent increase in the number of health care facilities volunteering to participate in the 24-question survey that makes up the Healthcare Equality Index.

•A 162 percent increase in the number of health care facilities dubbed ‘leaders’ in LGBT heath care equality. Leaders, according to the report, are hospitals and facilities that meet practices and policies they consider to be “essential for equitable and inclusive LGBT care.” That means hospitals and facilities don’t discriminate against LGBT members as patients, visitors or employees.

PBS’ Frontline to Air ‘ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America’

Source: Electronic Urban Report

Thirty years after the AIDS virus was first reported among gay white men, nearly half of the 1 million people in the United States infected with HIV are black men, women and children―even though blacks make up just 12.6 percent of the population.

“ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America,” premiering Tuesday, July 10 on PBS’s Frontline, takes viewers on a two-hour exploration of one of the country’s most urgent, most preventable health crises. Three years in the making, the documentary tells the story of how, from the earliest days, prejudice, silence and stigma allowed the virus to spread deep into the black community.

Race Might Play Role in Success of Weight-Loss Surgery

Source: MedlinePlus

Black women without diabetes lost about 10 percent less weight than white women after having a weight-loss procedure called gastric bypass surgery, but having diabetes helped increase their weight loss, a new study finds.

For the study, Duke University researchers compared outcomes among nearly 300 obese white and black women with an average age of 40 who underwent gastric bypass surgery, a procedure that makes the stomach smaller in order to help people lose weight.

The real people behind health care reform

Source: CNN Health

As the Supreme Court makes its decision regarding the Affordable Care Act, we talked to just a few of the millions of Americans who will be affected.

Worsening wealth inequality by race

Source: CNN Money

White Americans have 22 times more wealth than blacks — a gap that nearly doubled during the Great Recession.

The median household net worth for whites was $110,729 in 2010, versus $4,995 for blacks, according to recently released Census Bureau figures.

The difference is similarly notable when it comes to Hispanics, who had a median household net worth of $7,424. The ratio between white and Hispanic wealth expanded to 15 to 1.

The gap between the races widened considerably during the recent economic downturn, which whites weathered better than blacks, Hispanics and Asians.

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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