Affordable Care Act of 2010: Creating Job Opportunities for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Populations

The health care industry has been an engine of job growth, and the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) is expected to stimulate further growth. Over the next decade, the health care sector could add 4.6 million jobs, representing a 31% increase from current employment. New job opportunities from entry-level positions to highly trained professions are expected to emerge in the industry.

The Affordable Care Act: Creating Job Opportunities for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Populations presentation

This presentation accompanies a study based on a fall 2013 study from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. The Affordable Care Act: Creating Job Opportunities for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Populations presents an inventory of health care jobs occupied by people of color and the changes in occupation mix over time, along with an estimate of job growth in the health care industry and present potential job opportunities for people of color.

The Deep South and Medicaid Expansion: The View From Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands Medicaid so that it can provide health insurance to a larger pool of low income uninsured adults, including adults with no children and whose incomes are below about $16,000 a year. The federal government will pay the entire cost for the first three years, and after that states will pay 10 percent and the federal government 90 percent. In National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, the Supreme Court ruled that states may choose whether or not to participate in the expansion.

The Impact of the Sequestration on the Health and Well-Being of Communities of Color

Dr. Brian Smedley spoke on the effect a federal government sequestration can and will have on health and other programs that assist a large number of people of color during a Joint Center panel discussion on February 28, 2013.

Changing Expectations: Factors Influencing Paternal Involvement in Pregnancy and Childbirth

While studies have demonstrated that men are important to maternal and child health, expectant fathers lack specific roles in pregnancy and childbirth. In this article from the September/October 2012 edition of Trends in Urology and Men's Health, Dr. Jermane Bond examines pathways to improve paternal involvement in childbirth and family health. Men and expectant fathers have until recently been excluded from pregnancy and childbirth.

The Lived Experience of Race and Its Health Consequences

A growing body of research illuminates the mechanisms through which racism and discrimination influence the health status of people of color. Much of the focus of this research, however, has been on individually mediated racism (i.e., acts of discrimination and racial bias committed by White individuals against people of color). Yet research literature provides numerous examples of how racism operates not just at individual levels, but also at internalized, institutional, and structural levels.

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.

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.

Health Disparities, Neighborhood Poverty, and Racial Composition

Members of the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health review a study on the effect of segregation, including neighborhood racial composition and concentration of poverty, on health. This presentation was originally given at the 2011 PLACE MATTERS National Conference.

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Achieving Health Equity Through Social Equality: A Call to Political Action

Representative Donna Christensen (D-VI) explores the connection between health equity and social equity and how policy can help end health disparities. This presentation was given as part of the 2011 PLACE MATTERS National Conference.

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