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2009-06-09 23:01:00

NEW STATE-LEVEL DATA SHOW DISPARITIES VARY WIDELY ACROSS STATES WASHINGTON, June 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A decade after U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher called for the elimination of racial disparities in health, women of color in every state continue to fare worse than white women on a variety of measures of health, health care access and other social determinants of health according to a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The report, "Putting Women's Health Care...

2009-05-15 12:20:05

Promoting the health of young children, before five years of age, could save society up to $65 billion in future health care costs, according to an examination of childhood health conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The results are published in the May 15, 2009, issue of Academic Pediatrics."Our review found convincing evidence that the four health problems we studied"”early life tobacco exposure, unintentional injury, obesity and mental...

2008-12-02 14:57:00

DETROIT, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today a group of health professionals, community-based organizations, elected officials and other community leaders from more than a dozen states toured neighborhoods in Detroit/Wayne County to solidify participants' understanding of how the county's history, culture and economic successes and challenges play a role in determining health status. The tour is part of the opening session of a three-day discussion to consider how to reduce health...

2008-10-28 12:00:39

Editors note: A photo and a video are included with this press release. Canada is a middle-of-the-pack performer on Health, getting a B grade, in the latest Report Card on Canada: How Canada Performs: Health-Details and Analysis, released today by The Conference Board of Canada. Relative to its peers, Canada's current 10th place ranking (out of 16 countries) is down from a much better 5th place in the 1990s. And Canada may lose this ranking if it cannot address the issues posed by chronic...

2008-10-09 09:00:10

By Lynne Wilde II Deseret News In a report released Tuesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Committee to Build a Healthier America, Utah children fared well in one category and not as well in another. The report ranks the 50 states and the District of Columbia on the disparities between children's health with respect to income and infant mortality. It also considers mothers' education level. The report shows those who are less educated have a higher infant mortality rate. Utah,...

2008-10-06 15:00:07

A new report presents a shockingly dismal picture of the health conditions in Washington County. Consider these highlights of the Community Health Status Report released by the Mane Center of Disease Control and Prevention: Highest overall cancer incidence and death rate in the state, with the death rate increasing while decreasing statewide. Highest cardiovascular disease death rate in the state. High blood pressure rates and high cholesterol rates are highest in the state. Increasing rate...

2008-09-24 03:00:10

By Muntaner, Carles Chung, Haejoo In "Epidemiology and the Macrosocial Determinants of Health," Putnam and Galea highlight important new developments in health policy and social epidemiology. We aim, in this commentary, to enhance the issues raised by the authors while complementing their arguments with our analyses. We agree that social epidemiologists interested in health policy might be drawn more often to macrosocial analysis because political forces and health policies affecting the...

2008-09-24 03:00:09

By Naumova, Elena N Cohen, Steven A Putnam and Galea challenge the epidemiological framework underlying conventional public health research. They underscore the need to address population-level macrosocial determinants of health in epidemiological studies. Studying the population-level factors that ultimately determine population health is surely essential to policy development and implementation, as public health policy is disseminated at the population level. What impedes incorporation of...

2008-09-24 03:00:09

By Putnam, Sara Galea, Sandro ABSTRACT In the past two decades, public health researchers have taken renewed interest in investigating the role of social factors in health. This holds substantial promise in terms of identifying manipulable social factors that are amenable to policy intervention. Most existing empirical and conceptual epidemiologic work, however, has focused on the more proximal social determinants, such as interpersonal relations. These factors, although perhaps easier to...

2008-09-19 00:00:10

The existing mental health services in Ontario, Canada, do not adequately meet the needs of bisexual people, researchers said. Researchers at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health and the Sherbourne Health Center evaluated the experiences of bisexual people in Ontario based on three main determinants of health: social factors, including biphobia and stigma; interpersonal relationships including the workplace and partners; and internal factors, including self-acceptance and identity...