HJ News and Resource Roundup 6/6/14

Welcome back! This week, read up on racial- and gender-based health disparities, reproductive justice issues ranging from abortion access to social support for parenting teens, local hospital history, and interesting developments in the field of mental health treatment and advocacy.

Health Disparities:

Reintroducing traditional wild plants into Native American diets could reduce the disproportionate rates of diabetes and obesity these communities face.

Women with diabetes face greater heart risks than men.

As summer gets underway, it’s important to remember the racial disparities in drowning deaths.

Medical errors often result from language barriers.

Sexual, Reproductive, and Maternal Health:

On violence and intimidation toward abortion providers.

A New York Democrat has introduced a bill to require research into potentially harmful additives used in menstrual products.

Editors of a high school yearbook seek to combat shame and exclusion of teen parents–only to have their efforts met with further stigmatization.

Mental Health and Wellness:

BRIDGE Housing Corporation and the Health Equity Institute has released a report on strengthening community in trauma-affected neighborhoods.

On the tension between protecting patient privacy and allowing family members to support mentally ill adult children.

Many college grads face difficulty in accessing mental health care after graduation.

panel has been convened to create a plan to reduce the number of mentally ill people in NYC jails. Unfortunately, this panel appears to have minimal community involvement.

The Affordable Care Act:

In states that accepted Medicaid expansion under the ACA, safety net hospitals are seeing a reduced number of uninsured patients.

In Alabama, a state that faces astounding rates of racial health disparities, residents demand expansion of the state’s Medicaid program to cover the 200,000 low-income residents not covered by the ACA.

Meanwhile, across the country the ACA has cut the uninsured rate among Blacks and Hispanics.

The Here and Now: Local and Timely Issues:

The celebration over the $8 billion in federal funding granted to New York hospitals may be premature–the money, it turns out, is no guarantee.

Listen to this story of how in 1970, the Young Lords, a radical Puerto Rican activist group, took over then suffering Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx and helped turn it around.

NYC’s top nonprofit hospitals spend little on care for the uninsured.

Obama announced a new plan to tackle climate change, the burdensome effects of which are often disproportionately felt by low-income communities of color.

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