HJ News and Resource Roundup 10/18/13

In this week’s edition of the News and Resource Roundup, we’ll be continuing our coverage of the ACA and discussing a variety of health issues facing communities of color, including important local trends in health and health care.

Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities and Minority Health Issues

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced a new health data collection initiative on the underserved and understudied Asian & Asian Pacific Islander population. Similarly, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum has released a set of fact sheets on the incidence of cancer in this community.

A recent European study has linked air pollution and low birth weight, both of which are prevalent in many of New York City’s low-income communities of color.

A further look at the health costs of the government shutdown points out how marginalized communities suffered under the suspension of services and questions which services should be considered truly essential.

A video series documents the intersection of public health, racial profiling, and transgender rights in New York City.

The Affordable Care Act

An important piece refutes Tea Party myths about the ACA.

The ACA may expand health coverage and economic opportunity for people with disabilities.

Women’s Health and Reproductive Justice

In a recent reproductive justice victory, California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation to expand abortion access in California, benefiting vulnerable populations of poor women, rural women, and women of color.

Black women face disproportionately high rates of maternal health complications.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and many survivors are thinking beyond the pink ribbon.

Local Health

New York State officially declares housing to be a vital aspect of health care.

Grassroots organizations from around the Bronx have planned the Bronx Health Platform Walk for tomorrow, October 19th. The “Health Walk” will promote a fair economy, access to fresh food and opportunities for physical activity, school health, affordable housing access, environmental sustainability, and individual wellness. More information here.

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