Monthly Archives: April 2014

HJ News and Resource Roundup 4/25/14

Welcome back! This week, we’re covering racial and ethnic health disparities evident in everything from disaster preparedness to foster care, exploring more on pregnancy-related discrimination, and, as always, highlighting current developments and challenges in ACA rollout.

Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities:

Low-income individuals have shorter life spans than those with higher income.

On building a life after aging out of the foster care system, in which youth of color are disproportionately involved.

Earlier this week we celebrated Earth Day! Learn about Black environmentalists doing important work to protect the environmental and social health of their communities.

Reflections on disaster preparedness and recovery for communities of color during Minority Health Month.

Ariel Gonzalez, suffering kidney failure, highlights the reluctance of undocumented immigrants to access emergency treatment.

The CDC has announced promising new initiatives to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities.


Sexual, Reproductive, and Maternal Health:

Sign this petition calling on Tennessee Governor Haslam to veto the Pregnancy Criminalization Law we discussed last week.

American anti-abortion policies have devastating effects–and a worldwide reach.

Pregnancy discrimination in the workplace.

The FDA has approved new screening methods for cervical cancer.


Mental Health:

Connecticut is holding a 16-year-old trans girl of color and survivor of violence in an adult men’s prison, putting her at great physical and psychological risk.

New research suggests the mental and physical toll of bullying persists for decades.



How one state convinced its “young invincibles” to get health insurance.

Helpful tips on changing health insurance plans in the exchanges.

A recent poll analyzes public opinion on Obamacare in southern states with deep, Republican-led opposition to the law, while Democratic candidates around the country are becoming more vocal advocates.

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HJ News and Resource Roundup 4/18/14

Welcome back! This week, we’re continuing our Minority Health Month coverage of racial and ethnic health disparities and providing some updates on previously covered issues, like mental health care in detention and the prosecution of pregnant women who use drugs. Check it out below!

Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities:

Ten states ban people with felony drug convictions from ever receiving food stamps.

People of color breathe air that is 38% more polluted than white people’s–leading to a number of serious health issues.

Hispanic men are more likely than non-Hispanic white men to suffer from paternal depression during the first five years of parenthood.

The physical and emotional toll of stop and frisk on African American communities, told from one father’s perspective.

NPR on heightened teen pregnancy rates in Latina communities.


Sexual, Reproductive, and Maternal Health:

In a time where many young women consider sexual assault to be normal or expected behavior, sex education is working to instill in youth the importance of healthy relationships and mutual respect.

About one in five women uses prescription opioids during pregnancy, with particularly high rates in the south and among Medicaid holders.

We recently covered the dangerous increase in prosecutions of pregnant women who use drugs. Looks like the trend is catching on: Tennessee has just passed legislation to allow women to be prosecuted for assaultive offenses for illegal drug use during pregnancy.

NYLPI’s Disability Justice program is helping women with disabilities access comprehensive gynecological health care.Thanks to their advocacy, City Council has committed $5 million to HHC to build accessible examination rooms.


Access to Care:

A report on the health care needs of people involved in the sex trade in New York City. You can read a press release about the report here.

A short video on mental health and immigration detention.

One woman’s story about her experience with Obamacare.


The Here and Now: Local and Timely Issues:

Sign a petition to encourage mayor De Blasio to address “food deserts” in NYC.

Why gunshot victims seeking care in New York City hospital ERs may find themselves in handcuffs.

Staten Island police officers will begin carrying naloxone in a pilot program to equip first responders throughout the city with medication that reverses the effects of opioid overdoses.

The former director of the Health Justice program has been appointed the Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs! Congrats, Nisha!

Happy end of tax season! A friendly reminder that immigrants pay taxes, too.

Struggling safety net hospitals in Brooklyn are eager to apply for Medicaid waiver funds. Our very own Shena comments, calling for meaningful stakeholder involvement and input.

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HJ News and Resource Roundup 4/11/14

It’s National Minority Health Month and we have plenty of news on racial and ethnic health disparities, immigrant access to health care, and language barriers in the health system in this week’s news and resource roundup. We’ll also bring you articles on prison health and the latest on the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

Read (now former) HHS Secretary Sebelius’ statement on National Minority Health Month here.

African-American children with autism are being diagnosed later than children of any other ethnic group.

Poverty and unstable households “ages” the genes of young black children.

Listen to this story about a California medical center that is training interpreters to provide language assistance in indigenous Mexican languages common in the region.

Sexual, Reproductive, and Maternal Health

On reproductive justice for women of color and the continued need for the Medicaid sterilization consent requirement.

An investigative report on pregnant detainees in immigration detention centers.

A report on crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) in NYC. CPCs are non-medical centers, staffed by untrained non-providers who distribute false and intentionally manipulative information to prevent abortion.

On the return of the back-alley abortions in Texas.

Prison Health

New York City prisons are not meeting the health needs of their mentally ill inmates.

Yet another report on treatment of people with mental illness in prisons.

The Vera Institute recently held an event on this issue. You can find information on the event and watch a video of the speakers here.

Here’s an academic perspective on health care discrimination and incarceration.


The ACA can reduce unnecessary incarceration of people experiencing mental illness and substance use disorders. The ACLU has released a primer on the ACA and the criminal justice system . Read press release here and download the toolkit here.

The ACA provides an unprecedented opportunity to expand coverage for people of color and reduce health disparities. Office of Minority Health Director Nadine Gracia talks about how the ACA is currently working to close the gap on health disparities.

This article explains the critical steps following enrollment that will ensure expanded access to health care for communities of color.

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HJ News and Resource Roundup 4/4/14

Sorry for our delay! We’re back this week with an extra special news and resource roundup. This week, we’ll be covering health disparities, reproductive health concerns across the pregnancy spectrum, the disturbing state of health care in America’s prisons, and ACA rollout analysis.

Health Disparities:

The learning gap between wealthy/white and poor/of color children begins early.

Tracking health disparities in the LGBTQ population nationwide.

A look at racial and ethnic health disparities in New Mexico, a state whose demographics may predict nationwide trends.

“A political system that fosters inequality limits the attainment of health.”

Sexual, Reproductive, and Maternal Health:

With the new mayoral administration, there have been some positive changes in teen pregnancy prevention messaging here in NYC. Yet many problems remain. More on how the stigmatization of teen mothers is both harmful and unwarranted here.

Challenges to birth control coverage under the ACA made it to the Supreme Court last week.

Abortion access and the ACA.

The dangerous trend of criminalizing pregnant women who use drugs is most likely to impact poor women, young women, and women of color–all of whom already experience disproportionately high rates of maternal and prenatal complications.

Happiness levels during pregnancy are lower for Black women than their non-Black counterparts.

Prison Health:

In Chicago, the largest mental health provider is the Cook County Jail. Advocates–and even the county sheriff–are calling for the reopening of closed mental health clinics and Medicaid coverage of mental health care services.

A look at the lasting health and social impacts of harsh mandatory sentencing.

A few weeks ago, we covered the landmark decision in the state of New York to restrict the use of solitary confinement. Here’s a great long-read on the mental and neurological health impact of solitary.

On the tragic death of Jerome Murdough, a homeless and mentally ill man who died in Rikers Jail.


There will be an enrollment extension for people who experienced technical issues accessing federal marketplace online.

Latinos still lag in enrollment rates.

Check out these helpful fact sheets on health coverage for people with disabilities.

Asian Americans and health enrollment.

Positive developments for survivors of domestic violence accessing health care.

One of the primary goals of ACA is to increase access to primary care. But what if mental health services could be provided in a primary care setting as well? For children, this may already be the case.

Nutrition and Wellness:

Active moms=active kids.

Google launches a tool to compare the nutritional value of different foods.

Faith, fellowship, and fitness.

Local and Timely News:

Our very own Jenn discusses the health concerns of medical workers in a New York City hospital.

More on NCBH.

New York is one of two states working toward a Basic Health Plan that will provide more affordable coverage for low-income families than they may find in the marketplace!

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

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