HJ News and Resource Roundup 2/28/14

Hello and welcome back to the news and resource roundup! This week, we’re looking at the impact of racism and economic inequality on health outcomes, immigrant access to care, developments in maternal health, and some critically important information on eating disorders for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities:

Income inequality is making Americans sick. You can read this report for more info.

Additional coverage on the New York Medicaid waiver for hospitals and its effect on the health care safety net. This issue continues to disproportionately impact low-income people of color.

There is a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) crisis in inner-city neighborhoods.

Immigrant Access to Care:

A toolkit seeks to address citizenship and immigration status questions on the Marketplace application.

Counterpunch explores medical repatriation in America. You can read some of our recent coverage of the issue here and here, and also check out the HJ-run medical repatriation website and report.


Obamacare hits 4 million enrollees!

Al-Jazeera America explores HIV, continuity of care, and Obamacare.

The state of Arkansas is trying to create a “barrier to enrollment.” MSNBC points out that “people die without health insurance.”

Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Healthy Living:

Obama administration to announce major nutrition label overhaul.

The American Academy of Pediatrics is officially recommending regular mental health screenings for children and gun control measures as matters of public health.

This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. If you or someone you know may be living with an eating disorder, check out this helpful recovery website.

Sexual, Reproductive, and Maternal Health:

A proposed sex-selective abortion ban unfairly targets Asian Americans.

New labor guidelines aim to reduce C-sections. This issue is particularly salient here in our own neighborhoods: North Central Bronx Hospital’s award-winning midwifery program helped dramatically slash C-section rates before the hospital’s Labor & Delivery services were shut down.

In one state, Obamacare eases maternity costs.


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