Health

Racial disparities in health have probably received the most notice. The medical profession understands that these disparities are the most fundamental indictment of a society that claims to be based on equality. From mortality rates for almost every disease to saving patients after surgical complications to depression care, studies have found racial disparities. Even within managed care systems, where patients have equal access to health care, the racial disparities exist. The section begins with reports offering background and an overview, the Unnatural Causes series and website, The Institute of Medicine’s Unequal Treatment, Confronting Disparities in Health Care and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services yearly reports on health care disparities. A sub-category looks at the racial disparity in access to healthy food, an obvious and basic component of health.

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Monday, January 31, 2011

Racial disparities in health have probably received the most notice. The medical profession understands that these disparities are the most fundamental indictment of a society that claims to be based on equality. From mortality rates for almost every disease to saving patients after surgical complications to depression care, studies have found racial disparities. Even within managed care systems, where patients have equal access to health care, the racial disparities exist.

Mainstream Media Tend to Ignore Blacks’ Mental Health Problems

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Author: 
Joshunda Sanders
Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Graphic by Roberto Delgado

Media Can Provide More Comprehensive Coverage of HIV, AIDS

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Author: 
Nadra Kareem Nittle
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

When World AIDS Day arrived on the first day of December, so did a deluge of media attention on HIV and AIDS. But the print and broadcast coverage routinely fails to mention that infections aren’t declining, it doesn’t cite social and economic barriers facing those with the virus and it frequently doesn’t mention readily available assistance programs.

Medicaid’s Race Problem

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Author: 
Nadra Kareem Nittle
Monday, June 20, 2011

When House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan unveiled his “Path to Prosperity” budget in April, Republicans widely cheered him on. He became a messiah for the GOP and an instant villain for progressives questioning his plan to privatize Medicare and slash Medicaid funding by $750 billion over the next decade.

Black Hunger Overlooked in News Reports About Food Stamps

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Author: 
Nadra Kareem Nittle
Monday, May 23, 2011

Amid the myriad news stories about the recession, budget deficit and housing crisis are articles in the media suggesting that economic recovery is imminent. In recent months, for example, countless headlines proclaimed that the nation was rebounding from the economic downturn because the U.S. employment rate was declining.

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