HJ News and Resource Roundup 5/2/14

Welcome back! This week, we’re looking at the importance of safety net health care for marginalized populations, policies that impact sexual and reproductive health, and some exciting developments and opportunities for health advocacy here in New York City.

Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities:

Patients of color with diabetes are less likely to receive routine eye exams than their white counterparts with diabetes.

Undocumented farm workers are the hardest hit by cuts in safety net health care.

Overcrowding in California prisons–disproportionately filled with people of color–leads to medical neglect.

Tennessee Governor Haslam has signed the bill that will criminalize pregnant women who use substances. Advocates fear the new law will hit Black women hardest.



How health reform is changing the landscape of service delivery and increasing our reliance on nurses–and how that’s a good thing.

The deadly cost of being uninsured.

Few options remain for those who missed the health insurance enrollment deadline.


Mental Health:

Higher doses of antidepressants may raise teen suicide risk. At the same time, antidepressant use is on the rise among young adults.

Too fat” messaging can put young girls at increased risk for obesity and depression.


Sexual, Reproductive, and Maternal Health:

A few weeks ago, we covered the increased incidence of paternal depression in Hispanic men. The Atlantic further explores the wide reach of post-partum depression, which can also impact adoptive parents and caregivers.

Children’s sexual health and safety requires we teach them about sexual assault, starting with age-appropriate lessons about consent.

Over-the-counter generic emergency contraception remains inaccessible to youth and people of color.


The Here and Now: Local and Timely Issues:

On the urgency of antibiotic resistance.

Artistic resistance to gender-based street harassment in Brooklyn.

New York moves to ban condoms as evidence against sex workers and those profiled to be engaging in sex work. Yay!

Tell the City to raise NYC’s dismal recycling rate and create new jobs! This is particularly important given the fact that communities of color are overburdened with waste processing facilities and more likely to experience the harmful effects of pollution.

Happy May Day!


Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s