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Obesity in Women is on the Rise, Leaving Researchers Stumped

Obesity Rates Higher Among Minority Women

The prevalence of obesity among men and women has remained largely the same over the last decade. But recent numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal a disturbing trend: While obesity among men plateaued, women’s obesity rates actually increased in recent years.

Topics: health disparities public health

U.S. Death Rate Rises For the First Time in a Decade

Rise in Death Rate Surprises Experts

The death rate in the United States rose last year for the first time in a decade, The New York Times reported. The rate rose to 729.5 deaths per 100,000 people in 2015, up from 723.2 in 2014, the newspaper reported, citing preliminary data from the National Center for Health Statistics.
Topics: public health

Black Americans See Gains in Life Expectancy

New federal data is showing that black Americans have made significant health gains since the 1990s, the New York Times reported last month.
 
Those gains have contributed to the narrowest life expectancy gap between blacks and whites in history, having gone from a seven-year gap in 1990 to a 3.4-year gap in 2014, the newspaper reported. Life expectancy as of 2014 was 75.6 years for blacks and 79 years for whites.
 
Topics: social determinants of health health disparities public health

States Spending More on Social Services Relative to Medical Care Are Healthier

A new study is showing that states that spend more money on social services and public health programs relative to medical care have much healthier residents than states that don’t, USA TODAY reported.
Topics: social determinants of health community resources public health

Healthcare. Injustice.

At the Coming Home Program (CHP) Open House Breakfast a few weeks ago, I listened as individuals involved in New York City’s alternatives to incarceration programs discussed access to healthcare both in and outside of our state’s prisons. Those around me, Donna Hylton and Monique Carter of CHP, Michael Brundidge of The Fortune Society, and Jose Capo of Exponents, to name a few, spoke with empathy, understanding and (at times) frustration, as they described the world that New York’s formerly incarcerated individuals face when returning from prison.

Topics: social determinants of health health disparities public health

RWJF Social Determinants Learning Report

Social determinants, as readers of this Editorial know, are those everyday factors like housing, food, and employment that influence our health and health outcomes. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has been a leading source of information on the high cost we pay as a society when we leave social determinants unmanaged and unaddressed. To that end, RWJF has collected enormous amounts of data and consistently presented research showing why this is one of the most important issues facing American health care.

Topics: Healthify social determinants of health public health

Smoking Hurts Your Health And Your Job Prospects Too

Study Finds Smokers Earn Less than Nonsmokers

Smokers have a harder time getting jobs, and when they do get jobs, they earn less than nonsmokers, a Stanford University study found. Those findings, which recently made headlines in NY Daily News, Philly.com and other news outlets, are especially sobering given smoking's well-known, detrimental health effects.
Topics: health disparities public health

The Economic Cost of Domestic Violence

It's obvious that domestic violence takes a serious toll on victims' physical and emotional health, but what about its impact on their future earnings and productivity?
 
According to a new report by the McKinsey Global Institute, more than 39 million women — or about one-third of the country's adult female population based on U.S. census figures — experienced physical violence by an intimate partner, from slapping to beating.
Topics: health disparities public health

Five Dimensions of Poverty

The simplest definition of poverty is having little or no money, but a new report by The Brookings Institution examines the problem beyond the metric of income.
Topics: healthcare delivery health disparities public health

How Much Do Health Disparities Cost?

In light of April being National Minority Health Month, it's a good time to review just how much health disparities among different populations is costing people in medical expenses.
Topics: social determinants of health health disparities public health