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Uncovering the forces outside our individual control that determine how healthy we are
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Black Beauty Shop Health Outreach Program addresses health disparities among African American women

Black Beauty Shop Health Outreach Program addresses health disparities among African American women | Unlocking the Social Determinants of Health | Scoop.it

Of all minority groups, African-Americans have the most, and many times the largest, differences in health risks when compared to other minority groups. African-Americans have more disease, disability, and early death as well. African American women are becoming more at risk of developing high blood pressure and diabetes. Yet, both can be prevented.The Black Beauty Shop Health Outreach Program, headed by Dr. Didra Brown Taylor, has taken on the challenge to address health disparities among African American women, right where they are, in the beauty shop.

 

The Black Beauty Shop Health Outreach Program is a natural outgrowth of the overwhelming national success of the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program, which to date has screened over 37,000 men for diabetes and high blood pressure." The Black Beautyshop Health Outreach Program was officially launched on August 28, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with Congressman Alcee Hastings with over 15 barbershops and beautyshops participating in the screening effort", states Dr. Bill Releford, founder of the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program and co-founder of the Black Beautyshop Health Outreach Program.

 

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Poverty’s Poster Child

Poverty’s Poster Child | Unlocking the Social Determinants of Health | Scoop.it

Pine Ridge is a poster child of American poverty and of the failures of the reservation system for American Indians in the West. The latest Census Bureau data show that Shannon County here had the lowest per capita income in the entire United States in 2010. Not far behind in that Census Bureau list of poorest counties are several found largely inside other Sioux reservations in South Dakota: Rosebud, Cheyenne River and Crow Creek.

 

Poverty in the United States, including in the reservations, is so entrenched because it is often part of a toxic brew of alcohol or drug dependencies, dysfunctional families and educational failures. It self-replicates generation after generation....

 

Half the population over 40 on Pine Ridge has diabetes, and tuberculosis runs at eight times the national rate. As many as two-thirds of adults may be alcoholics, one-quarter of children are born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, and the life expectancy is somewhere around the high 40s — shorter than the average for sub-Saharan Africa. Less than 10 percent of children graduate from high school.

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Telemedicine brings medicine to rural patients

Telemedicine brings medicine to rural patients | Unlocking the Social Determinants of Health | Scoop.it
PHILADELPHIA — A small study of rural diabetes patients who used a telemedicine-based endocrine consultation service for follow-up care suggests that the city-country link can significantly improve health outcomes.

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How Effective Healthcare Communication Contributes to Health Equity

How Effective Healthcare Communication Contributes to Health Equity | Unlocking the Social Determinants of Health | Scoop.it

This video offers a helpful introduction for all healthcare providers on how culture, language and health literacy support the elimination of disparities and promote health equity.


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The ABCs of Health Literacy

The ABCs of Health Literacy | Unlocking the Social Determinants of Health | Scoop.it

Low health literacy is often associated with elderly individuals, non-native English speakers, people who have low education levels, racial and ethnic minorities, and individuals with low income levels. The majority of our nation’s farmworkers have these barriers. They are predominantly non-native English speakers with low education and income levels. Even though there is very little information documenting the health literacy of farmworkers specifically, it is clear they suffer a disproportionate burden. To combat the issues farmworkers are facing when trying to understand health information, AFOP’s Health & Safety Programs uses health literacy standards to make health messages as understandable as possible.

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Achieving Better Quality of Care for Low-Income Populations: The Roles of Health Insurance and the Medical Home in Reducing Health Inequities

Achieving Better Quality of Care for Low-Income Populations: The Roles of Health Insurance and the Medical Home in Reducing Health Inequities | Unlocking the Social Determinants of Health | Scoop.it

In the United States, uninsured and low-income adults experience substantial health and health care inequities when compared with insured and higher-income individuals. A new analysis of the Commonwealth Fund 2010 Biennial Health Insurance Survey demonstrates that when low-income adults have both health insurance and a medical home, they are less likely to report cost-related access problems, more likely to be up-to-date with preventive screenings, and report greater satisfaction with the quality of their care. Moreover, the gaps in health care between them and higher-income populations are significantly reduced. The Affordable Care Act includes numerous provisions that will significantly expand health insurance coverage, especially to low-income patients, as well as provisions to promote medical homes. Along with supporting the full implementation of coverage expansions, it will be important for public and private stakeholders to create opportunities that enhance access to medical homes for vulnerable populations.

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Richmond, California Showcase - Green and Healthy City Tour

Richmond, California Showcase - Green and Healthy City Tour | Unlocking the Social Determinants of Health | Scoop.it

Richmond highlights strategies to improve health through integrated environmental, economic development and neighborhood revitalization initiatives

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“It's Not Acceptable”: Midwives Address Health Disparities

“It’s not acceptable that African American women, regardless of their educational and economic background, still have a four times greater chance of dying in the childbearing year than their white counterparts… It’s not acceptable that three to four times more Native American and African American babies die than their infant white counterparts.”

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Disparities Affect Black Males | APA 2012

Correcting educational and health disparities and addressing undiagnosed mental health needs in the African American community will be vital in overcoming the increasing incarceration rates of black males and juveniles in ...
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SafetyLit: Adolescence and the social determinants of health.

The strongest determinants of adolescent health worldwide are structural factors such as national wealth, income inequality, and access to education. Furthermore, safe and supportive families, safe and supportive schools, together with positive and supportive peers are crucial to helping young people develop to their full potential and attain the best health in the transition to adulthood. Improving adolescent health worldwide requires improving young people's daily life with families and peers and in schools, addressing risk and protective factors in the social environment at a population level, and focusing on factors that are protective across various health outcomes. The most effective interventions are probably structural changes to improve access to education and employment for young people and to reduce the risk of transport-related injury.

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Recognizing and Thanking Our Committed Nurses - Huffington Post

Recognizing and Thanking Our Committed Nurses - Huffington Post | Unlocking the Social Determinants of Health | Scoop.it
Recognizing and Thanking Our Committed NursesHuffington PostThe National Nurse would function alongside the Surgeon General and focus on health promotion, improving health literacy, and decreasing health disparities.
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LGBT Groups Work To Advance Health Equity

LGBT Groups Work To Advance Health Equity | Unlocking the Social Determinants of Health | Scoop.it

"...the effects of health disparities multiply exponentially for those who are members of more than one minority population: LGBT people of color may be more likely to experience worse health and greater health care access disparities than either their heterosexual and non-transgender counterparts within communities of color or their white counterparts within the LGBT population."

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Health Equity Can't Wait

Health Equity Can't Wait | Unlocking the Social Determinants of Health | Scoop.it

This post is part of the Health Equity Can't Wait, Act now in your CommUNITY blog carnival launched by the Health Equity and Accountability Act Working Group

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The Cost of Inaction on the Social Determinants of Health

An Australia-first study has found 500,000 people could avoid chronic illness, $2.3 billion in annual hospital costs could be saved, and the annual number of taxpayer-funded Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme prescriptions could be cut by 5.3 million.

 

The study, The Cost of Inaction on the Social Determinants of Health, reveals avoidable chronic illness costs the Federal Government $4 billion each year in welfare payments and the national economy $8 billion in lost earnings.

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The Democratization of Health Care: The Force of Consumer Demand - Huffington Post

The Democratization of Health Care: The Force of Consumer Demand - Huffington Post | Unlocking the Social Determinants of Health | Scoop.it

This is the age of health care reform and I would like to make the case that we allow the attractive force of consumer demand to drive the future development of our health care system.

Consumer demand is the purchasing patterns of an individual or cluster of individuals. These patterns can be measured in terms of their size (financial value or number of people); they can be localized by geography and duration; or described by the socio-economic characteristics of the individuals whose activities form the patterns. In a free-market economy, consumer demand is akin to gravity. It is an attractive force around which product development, distribution networks and retail centers -- markets -- are formed and stabilized. The challenge with consumer demand is that it is a malleable force, easily influenced by other factors. We will focus our attention on two: the predictability/inevitability of consumer need and the necessity of health insurance.

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App powered by Mayo Clinic info seeks to better connect hospitals with patients

App powered by Mayo Clinic info seeks to better connect hospitals with patients | Unlocking the Social Determinants of Health | Scoop.it
Hospitals need to build better connection with patients. Read how an an app that promotes mhealth is helping some hospitals do that.

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Pollution, Poverty, People of Color: The factory on the hill. - Environmental Health News

Pollution, Poverty, People of Color: The factory on the hill. - Environmental Health News | Unlocking the Social Determinants of Health | Scoop.it

From the house where he was born, Henry Clark can stand in his back yard and see plumes pouring out of one of the biggest oil refineries in the United States. As a child, he was fascinated by the factory on the hill, all lit up at night. In the morning, he'd go out to play and find the leaves on the trees burned to a crisp. "Sometimes I'd find the air so foul, I'd have to grab my nose and run back into the house until it cleared up," he said. During World War II, African Americans like the Clark family moved into the shadow of the refinery because they had nowhere else to go. Now they live within a ring of five oil refineries, three chemical plants, eight Superfund sites, dozens of other toxic waste dumps, highways, rail yards, ports and marine terminals. Low-income residents seeking affordable homes may save money on shelter, but they pay the price in health.

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“Breaking Down Barriers” Panel Discussion on Health Care for LGBT Persons

“Breaking Down Barriers” Panel Discussion on Health Care for LGBT Persons | Unlocking the Social Determinants of Health | Scoop.it

"For the first time, we're collecting data on the health of America's LGBT population. This data will shine a spotlight on health disparities and show us exactly where we need to do better."

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Senator Akaka Introduces Minority Health Equity Bill

Senator Akaka Introduces Minority Health Equity Bill | Unlocking the Social Determinants of Health | Scoop.it

U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii) introduced the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2012 (S. 2474) with Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) to improve the health of underserved minority communities. The bill is supported by nearly two hundred organizations that work to overcome the health disparities that disproportionately affect minority groups.

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Pickens vs. Murray: A tale of two counties

Pickens vs. Murray: A tale of two counties | Unlocking the Social Determinants of Health | Scoop.it

With the other four pairs, however, the reasons for the differences in health status are more obvious. Age, gender, race and socioeconomic status are the primary factors leading to these kinds of health disparities...

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A Dire Sign Of The Obesity Epidemic: Teen Diabetes Soaring, Study Finds : NPR

The proportion of 12- to 19-year-olds who report having diabetes or "prediabetes" increased from 9 percent in 1999 to 23 percent in 2008, according to a paper published in the journal Pediatrics.
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Capturing research & innovation for health, equity and development ...

Capturing research & innovation for health, equity and development ... | Unlocking the Social Determinants of Health | Scoop.it
In a three-day discussion dubbed Forum 2012 on the theme, “Beyond aid…research and innovation as key drivers of health, equity and development' panellists – including Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology, ...
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Income Inequality Leads to More U.S. Deaths, Study Finds

Income Inequality Leads to More U.S. Deaths, Study Finds | Unlocking the Social Determinants of Health | Scoop.it

A new study provides the best evidence to date that higher levels of income inequality in the United States actually lead to more deaths in the country over a period of years.The findings suggest that income inequality at any one point doesn’t work instantaneously - it begins increasing mortality rates 5 years later, and its influence peaks after 7 years, before fading after 12 years.

 

“This finding is striking and it supports the argument that income inequality is a public health concern,” said Hui Zheng, author of the study and assistant professor of sociology at Ohio State University.

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Happiness is Hot

This investigation is the first to establish that health assets—such as optimism and happiness—are also associated with heart health. The intersection of happiness and health – where we flourish both mentally and physically – is where we all want to find ourselves. The findings of this study make intuitive sense: They tell us that happy people are healthy, active, and health-conscious. They also point us toward a new health care paradigm that focuses on making the most of our inherent advantages—not just on avoiding what’s “bad for us.” The next step in this field is to establish whether or not we can design interventions that help build these health assets to help people increase their chances of living a healthier, longer, and perhaps happier life.

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Free Webinar: Social Determinants of Health and Inequities in ...

Free Webinar: Social Determinants of Health and Inequities in ... | Unlocking the Social Determinants of Health | Scoop.it

Please join us on Tuesday, May 15th and Wednesday, May 16th for this important free webinar: Social Determinants of Health and Inequities in Breast Cancer, where we will examine the racial and socio-economic factors that influence the health of individuals and communities.

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