HJ News and Resource Roundup 12/6/13

Welcome back to our newest installation of the News and Resource Roundup! This week, we’ll be talking immigrant access to health care, health disparities in marginalized populations, and reviewing new trends in HIV/AIDS care in light of World AIDS Day. We’ll also pay special homage to Nelson Mandela, who passed away at the age of 95 yesterday.

The ACA and Immigrant Access to Care

The California Health Insurance Marketplace is failing to provide adequate language access services to LEP consumers, stymying enrollment among California’s large population of uninsured Latinos. New York has yet to translate its Marketplace website or make its translated materials easily accessible.

ACA outreach to Asian American communities has not been successful.

Navigators, too, are experiencing difficulties with the rollout of the ACA, specifically with Healthcare.gov.

Still, Obama urges young, healthy people to buy health insurance through the exchanges, as they are crucial to the success of the law.

The Affordable Care Act continues to exclude immigrants.

Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

A study has found race to be a more significant determinant of access to healthy food than class. The Washington Post explores the inadequacy of food stamps, food deserts, and the growing trends of obesity and malnutrition. Both of these pieces are particularly concerning, given the prevalence of weight-based discrimination in our society.

Race and class can affect stress levels and parenting. Similarly, experiences in early childhood shape black men’s health.

Hospitals and Health Insurance

Soaring hospital costs leave many unable to pay bills or receive adequate medical care.

Federal Medicaid expansion will cover a new group of beneficiaries: those who were formerly incarcerated. Al Jazeera America takes a look at the impact of prison privatization on quality of and access to health care for current inmates: watch Part I and Part II.

Advocates push for trans health care inclusion in New York.

World AIDS Day (December 1st)

The New York Times explores various social barriers to HIV prevention and treatment for queer youth of color, who are among the fastest growing demographic of new infections. As health justice advocates, however, we take issue with the article’s suggestion that much of the blame for rising HIV rates in these populations lies in homophobia and stigmatization of LGBTQ individuals within communities of color. It is important to also acknowledge that the existing public health infrastructure and LGBTQ social communities often fail to meet the needs of and include queer youth of color. Check out resources and events at the Audre Lorde Project, an organization that serves LGBTSTGNC people of color in New York City, to learn more.

Around the world, HIV+ women battle stigma and marginalization.

An in-depth piece and ProPublica examines the growing–and troubling–trend of HIV criminalization in already marginalized communities.

President Obama has announced an increase in funding for AIDS research.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, beloved former president of South Africa, African National Congress leader, anti-Apartheid activist, and 27-year political prisoner, died yesterday. Learn more about his remarkable story and impact on the world in the New York Times’ obituary or NPR’s audio history.

Emblematic of his commitment to justice for his people, Mandela’s declaration to the court in Pretoria when his trial began can be read here (and in full here).

After his death, commentators reflect on Mandela’s radical approach to politics and social change. Read their ideas here, here, and here. Read Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s remembrance here.

Rest in Power, Madiba.

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