Welcome back to the news and resource roundup and happy Black History Month! This week, we’re looking at the impact of racism on health outcomes, maternal health care issues, ongoing complications with ACA rollout, and some critically important harm reduction information.
Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities:
A recent study has found that the experience of racial discrimination in teen years could lead to health problems for individuals later in life. In fact, racism is connected to a number of different health issues.
Disparities in organ donation rates may be fueled by cultural norms.
Family-based lifestyle changes can help reduce obesity rates in children, which are higher in communities of color.
The Atlantic explores how community health workers can reduce health disparities and improve access to care.
This infographic on education reform and school closure prevention shows how school-based health clinics and similar programs can play a role in closing the achievement gap between Black and white students.
We’ve talked about mental health issues in communities of color before. Watch this for a look into the stigma of raising a child with a mental illness.
Sexual, Reproductive, and Maternal Health:
There appears to be a correlation between fracking and birth defects.
Doulas, particularly those of color, can play an important role in maternal mortality reduction.
Access to reproductive health care remains low for trans patients.
Republicans are still going strong in their efforts to undermine the ACA.
In some states, Americans are finding they are “too poor to qualify” for insurance under the ACA.
The majority of America’s uninsured are concentrated in just a few low-income areas.
Here and Now: Local and Timely Issues:
In the wake of the tragic loss of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, it’s important to think critically about what can be done to reduce overdose deaths such as his. Across the east coast, hospitals and law enforcement have reported a recent increase in heroin overdose deaths due to a particularly potent concoction that is now cropping up in the NYC area as well. Overdose deaths are preventable. If you or someone you know uses opioids, find out where you can be trained in opioid overdose reversal here. Read up on techniques for IV drug users to stay safe while using here, here, and here. For more information about harm reduction and substance use, check out the Harm Reduction Coalition’s website here.
Stony Brook Hospital on Long Island rejects many exchange plans.
February is Black History Month. Here’s a great timeline of fifty years of Black history. “In Grades K-12, Race and Racism Are Not Discussed In Any Meaningful Way” highlights the need for ongoing Black history education for youth.