Health

FACT SHEET: The Economic Burden Of Health Inequalities in the United States

This fact sheet presents a summary of findings on the economic burden of health disparities in the United States.

The Implications of Medicaid for Low-Income Communities

Recent efforts to sharply cut back funding and support for Medicaid go beyond Washington politics—they threaten the health of millions of Americans. For the past 45 years, Medicaid has been a largely successful program that delivers essential health services to a large segment of the population. Our country‟s most vulnerable citizens, including children, low-income parents, pregnant women, seniors and those with disabilities have all benefited from this social service jointly administered by federal and state governments, as well as the Children‟s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

The "Secret" Epidemic: Disparities in Hepatitis C Incidence, Treatment, and Outcomes

On May 3, 2010, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies convened the Disparities in Hepatitis C Incidence, Treatment, and Outcomes Roundtable Discussion in Chicago, IL, with the goal of setting a national agenda to address the disproportionate impact of hepatitis C in communities of color.

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010: Advancing Health Equity for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Populations

Racial/ethnic disparities in health and health care in the United States are persistent and well documented. Communities of color fare far worse than their white counterparts across a range of health indicators: life expectancy, infant mortality, prevalence of chronic diseases, self-rated health status, insurance coverage, and many others. As the nation’s population continues to become increasingly diverse—people of color are projected to comprise 54% of the U.S. population by 2050 and more than half of U.S. children by 2023— these disparities are likely to grow if left unaddressed.

Commission on Paternal Involvement in Pregnancy Outcomes (CPIPO) Presents: Best and Promising Practices for Improving Research, Policy and Practice on Paternal Involvement in Pregnancy Outcomes

The Commission on Paternal Involvement in Pregnancy Outcomes, which is convened by Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and the Joint Center Health Policy Institute, issued policy, research and practice recommendations in a report, Commission Outlook: Best and Promising Practices for Improving Research, Policy and Practice on Paternal Involvement in Pregnancy Outcomes.

Following the Money: Tracking Federal AIDS Appropriations to Address Disparities in HIV and AIDS Treatments in the United States

The Joint Center's Health Policy Institute, recently released a report entitled "Following the Money: Tracking Federal AIDS Appropriations to Address Disparities in HIV and AIDS Treatment in the United States", which explores the path of federal funding in HIV and AIDS prevention. The Report finds that HIV/AIDS is not one epidemic in the United States but rather has become multiple epidemics affecting different communites at different rates and through different vectors of transmission.

Pregnancy and Childbirth

FACT SHEETS ON THE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ADOLESCENTS

Summary: Both pregnancy and childbirth rates declined dramatically for African American females during the 1990s. Despite these declines, they remain more likely than their white or Latina counterparts to report having been pregnant. However, black female teens were less likely to report childbirth than Latina teens in 2000

Authors
Wilhelmina A. Leigh PhD and
Julia L. Andrews

Race, Ethnicity, & Health Care Reform: Achieving Equity in Our Lifetime

This issue brief identifies, analyzes and compares provisions which explicitly address the health and health care needs of racial and ethnic minorities within the two leading Congressional health care reform proposals: The Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 (H.R. 3962) passed in the House of Representatives on November 7, 2009; and The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009 (H.R.

Health Information Technology A Tool for Health Equity and System Transformation

In these unprecedented times of promise and peril, there is now a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform health and health care in the United States.

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