Reports

Minorities, Mobile Broadband, and the Management of Chronic Diseases

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is pleased to share an important new report, Minorities, Mobile Broadband, and the Management of Chronic Diseases, prepared by the Joint Center Media and Technology Institute and the Health Policy Institute with support from the UnitedHealth Group Foundation.

Health Reform at the Crossroads: Will the Affordable Care Act Help Eliminate Health Inequities

This week marks the second anniversary of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).  It’s also the week that oral arguments begin before the U.S.

Place Matters for Health in the San Joaquin Valley (Spanish summary)

The report provides a comprehensive analysis of how neighborhood differences in a range of social, economic and environmmental conditions are linked to health outcomes in the San Joaquin Valley. It finds that the conditions in low-income and non-white neighborhoods make it more difficut for people in these neighborhoods to live healthy lives.

Place Matters for Health in the San Joaquin Valley (summary)

The report provides a comprehensive analysis of how neighborhood differences in a range of social, economic and environmmental conditions are linked to health outcomes in the San Joaquin Valley. It finds that the conditions in low-income and non-white neighborhoods make it more difficut for people in these neighborhoods to live healthy lives.

Climate Disruption in the Global South and in African American Communities: Key Issues, Frameworks, and Possibilities for Climate Justice

This paper lays out a number of major issues facing people and ecosystems in “marginalized” communities emphasizing the experience of Americans of African descent and in the global South. It considers dominant policy frameworks advanced to address climate change and offers critiques of those perspectives from these voices in the global South. The struggles facing the global South community are then linked to key challenges confronting African American communities.

Research Brief: Three-City Survey of African Americans on EPA Regulations, Climate Change and Health

This three-city survey builds on earlier Joint Center national surveys that looked at the views of African Americans on climate change, health and conservation behaviors. In the national surveys, clear majorities said they believed climate change and global warming were a major problem, and they believed that global warming will have significant adverse effects on public health, economic instability, fires, and droughts-and that these problems will be worse for future generations.

White Paper: Health and Economic Benefits of Clean Air Regulations

A literature-based white paper that discusses the range of potential health benefits that could be gained by people of color in the three cities
as a result of proposed EPA regulations. The paper considers the impact on reduced exposures to PM2.5 and ozone pollution, and the potential for reductions in premature deaths due to respiratory and cardiovascular conditions, and lung cancer. There is also an examination of the potential reductions in asthma. One important component of this work is an expanded review of EPA's technical analyses of health benefits that are expected

The Social Cost of Wireless Taxation Executive Summary

Continual increases in state and local taxes of mobile service, digital goods, and digital services harm the ability of low-income communities to realize the full benefits of mobile broadband and create deeply troubling consequences for minorities and the poor. Understandably, the enormous growth of the mobile broadband and applications markets makes the consumer costs of wireless service, digital goods, and digital services tempting potential tax bases for struggling state and local governments.

Medicaid: A Lifeline for Blacks and Latinos with Serious Health Care Needs

Report, commissioned by the Families USA, the Joint Center Health Policy Institute and other allies, describes the likely impact on African Americans and Latinos of cuts to Medicaid, the program on which millions of low-income Americans rely. It contains state-specific data for blacks and Latinos who rely on Medicaid and suffer from chronic medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes, chronic lung disease and heart disease.

A Lost Decade: Neighborhood Poverty and the Urban Crisis of the 2000s

The report looks at trends in the share of African American, Hispanic and white families in high-poverty neighborhoods since 1970. While there is a smaller share of black, Hispanic and white families living in high-poverty neighborhoods today than in 1970, black and Hispanic families are increasingly more likely than whites to live in high-poverty neighborhoods.

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