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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