Click, Click, Cook: Online Grocery Shopping Leaves ‘Food Deserts’ Behind
A Yale University analysis found that most people in “food deserts” in eight states would increase their access to healthy, nutritious food if they purchase groceries online and had the food delivered as part of the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Blacks, Poor At Higher Risk Of Heart Disease; Overall Death Rate Falls
The death rate from heart disease plummeted nationally over several decades for all racial and ethnic groups, but the rate of decline has slowed slightly and African Americans and low-income individuals are still at a higher risk of developing the disease and dying from it, according to a report from the National Center of Health Statistics.Source: The CT Mirror
Student-run organization focuses on foot care for New Haven’s homeless
One day last July, during a particularly rainy week, Ashton Gores ’18 M.P.H. was working at the Neighborhood Health Project, providing hypertension and diabetes screening for New Haven residents alongside other Yale students. A man walked into the clinic with obvious injuries — including cuts and a bruised ribcage. He explained that he had spent the night sleeping in a bus station when he’d been attacked. He refused the volunteers’ offers to call an ambulance, insisting that he would walk to the hospital instead. Then the man asked if they might give him something for his feet.
Poor and minority women face widening barriers to depression treatment
Megan Smith, DrPH, MPH, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and in the Child Study Center, is featured in a Connecticut Health Investigative Team story and podcast about depression in women and barriers to care.Source: Connecticut Health I-Team
Ben Carson Is Wrong: Cutting Housing Benefits Won’t Make People More ‘Self-Sufficient’
Lack of access to something as basic as eyeglasses is one of the many ways that poverty itself serves as a barrier to economic mobility, writes Danya Keene, an assistant professor at the Yale School of Public Health.Source: Cognoscenti
The absurdity of American health care pricing, in one chart
We’ve known for decades now that there is widespread variation in what different hospitals charge for the same medical procedures. Study after study confirms this finding (one of my favorite studies shows that, in California, an appendectomy can cost anywhere between $1,529 and $186,955 depending on where it was performed).Source: Vox
Breast cancer care in U.S. territories lags behind care in states
Older women residing in the U.S territories are less likely to receive recommended or timely care for breast cancer compared with similar women residing in the continental United States, according to Yale researchers. Their findings were published in the March issue of Health Affairs.
Household immigration status may impact Medicaid enrollment, study finds
Individuals who are eligible for Medicaid and living in households with undocumented immigrants appear less likely to enroll in the public health insurance program in some states, a new study by the Yale School of Public Health finds.
Researchers reveal Ugandan medicine disparities
A recent Yale study led by School of Public Health professor Mari Armstrong-Hough focused on Uganda’s lack of access to medication for noncommunicable diseases, like heart disease and diabetes. The study pointed out disparities in the availability of essential medicines for these diseases, both regionally and among different types of facilities.Source: Yale Daily News
Yale Cancer Center receives $1 million grant to address cancer disparities
Researchers at Yale Cancer Center (YCC) have been awarded a $1 million grant by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation (BSMF) to address health care disparities in cancer care and support. The grant will fund the Cancer Disparities Firewall project, a multilevel intervention that focuses on patient and system level factors that contribute to cancer disparities in the YCC/New Haven, Connecticut area. The project will target lung, breast, colorectal, and prostate cancer.