Health Equity Project http://wnpr.org en For Connecticut's DPH, a Big-Picture Snapshot of State Health http://wnpr.org/post/connecticuts-dph-big-picture-snapshot-state-health <p>A new report called "Healthy Connecticut 2020," from the state Department of Public Health, outlines some of the challenges facing Connecticut health care professionals in the coming decade.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:47:20 +0000 Patrick Skahill 19767 at http://wnpr.org For Connecticut's DPH, a Big-Picture Snapshot of State Health Hypertension: Disparities Widen for Black Women http://wnpr.org/post/hypertension-disparities-widen-black-women <p>Hypertension rates among women in all eight Connecticut counties increased from 2001 to 2009, with disparities widening for African American women compared to whites and Hispanics, according to a C-HIT analysis of data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In fact, nearly one out of every two African American women living in Connecticut suffers from hypertension, a life-threatening condition that can lead to heart attack, stroke and kidney disease, research shows.</span></p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:18:31 +0000 Magaly Olivero 17802 at http://wnpr.org Hypertension: Disparities Widen for Black Women Connecticut Parolees May Receive Easier Access to Health Care http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-parolees-may-receive-easier-access-health-care <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Milton </span>Vereen<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;got out of jail, he went to a halfway house. The idea was simple. He'd find a job. He'd look for housing. He'd reintegrate into his New Haven neighborhood and cut his ties to prison.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Except one tie was holding him back: his medical care.</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:46:04 +0000 Patrick Skahill 17586 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Parolees May Receive Easier Access to Health Care Malloy Talks About Mental Health Priorities http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-talks-about-mental-health-priorities <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor </span>Dannel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Malloy wants to commit more than $7 million to mental health services annually. &nbsp;The announcement comes as Malloy continues to roll out his agenda for the upcoming legislative session.</span></p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 20:55:40 +0000 Jeff Cohen 15913 at http://wnpr.org Malloy Talks About Mental Health Priorities NIH Diabetes Study Targets New Haven Clinic http://wnpr.org/post/nih-diabetes-study-targets-new-haven-clinic <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A </span><a href="https://grade.bsc.gwu.edu/web/grade/home?p_p_id=58&amp;p_p_lifecycle=0&amp;_58_redirect=%2F" style="line-height: 1.5;">new nationwide study funded by the National Institutes of Health</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is examining treatment options for Type 2 diabetes and a New Haven clinic serving low-income patients has been named a "co-investigator."</span></p><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Patrick Skahill 15447 at http://wnpr.org NIH Diabetes Study Targets New Haven Clinic Is Obamacare Working? http://wnpr.org/post/obamacare-working <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Affordable Care Act is the signature piece of the president's domestic agenda and it's now, finally, operational. The question is: Is it working? On&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Where We Live</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> we talk Obamacare and ask whether it is doing what it promised - helping the nation's poor and uninsured.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Jeff Cohen, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 15368 at http://wnpr.org Is Obamacare Working? Connecticut's State Innovation Model for Health Care http://wnpr.org/post/connecticuts-state-innovation-model-health-care <p>The last few months have seen the Affordable Care Act rollout, and the well-publicized problems with websites and signups. Connecticut’s Health Exchange has been doing much better than the rest of the country, but getting people signed up is only one part of the massive health care overhaul in the country.</p><p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 13:35:34 +0000 Catie Talarski, Tucker Ives, Harriet Jones & John Dankosky 14211 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut's State Innovation Model for Health Care Access and Equity: Can We Get Affordable Care to All of Connecticut? http://wnpr.org/post/access-and-equity-can-we-get-affordable-care-all-connecticut <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week, we recorded our second “Health Equity Forum” in collaboration with the Connecticut Health Foundation. In our first of these town halls, we began with these sobering statistics: In Connecticut, pregnant black women are </span>2x<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> more likely to deliver a smaller baby early, black men are </span>2x<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> more likely to die of prostate cancer than white men, with overall life expectancy for black men significantly shorter than for their white peers.</span></p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:00:32 +0000 Tucker Ives, John Dankosky & Catie Talarski 12228 at http://wnpr.org Access and Equity: Can We Get Affordable Care to All of Connecticut? Joycelyn Elders and Dan Savage: Let's Talk About Sex http://wnpr.org/post/joycelyn-elders-and-dan-savage-lets-talk-about-sex <div>Joycelyn Elders is a doctor and a public health administrator and advocate. She was appointed the first African American surgeon general during the Clinton administration -- and then <a href="http://articles.philly.com/1994-12-10/news/25854087_1_president-clinton-political-dilemma-surgeon-general-joycelyn-elders">fired from her post &nbsp;for some frank comments around sex and AIDS prevention.&nbsp;</a></div><div> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 04:00:00 +0000 Catie Talarski, Tucker Ives & John Dankosky 7675 at http://wnpr.org Joycelyn Elders and Dan Savage: Let's Talk About Sex New Haven Offers Free Prescription Discount Card to Residents http://wnpr.org/post/new-haven-offers-free-prescription-discount-card-residents <p>New Haven is now the largest city in Connecticut to offer residents a Prescription Discount Card. Mayor John DeStefano introduced the benefit for city residents yesterday. (<a href="http://programs.ccm-ct.org/Plugs/discount-prescription-cards-munis.aspx" target="_blank">Click here for a list of all participating towns and cities</a>.)</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 16:20:28 +0000 Diane Orson & Heather Brandon 5144 at http://wnpr.org New Haven Offers Free Prescription Discount Card to Residents Connecticut Takes Obamacare To The People http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-takes-obamacare-people All across Connecticut, you can see billboards and TV ads, hear radio spots and get pamphlets about how to get insurance under the new health care law starting Oct. 1.<p>But the state is also using less traditional, and more expensive, ways to get the word out.<p>At state beaches this summer, outreach workers handed out tubes of sunscreen that said, "Get Covered." The state is opening up Apple-like <a href="http://courantblogs.com/dan-haar/health-exchange-to-open-obamacare-storefronts-in-seven-ct-cities/">storefronts</a>. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 22:05:00 +0000 Jeff Cohen 4036 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Takes Obamacare To The People Understanding Dyslexia, and Closing the Diagnosis Gap http://wnpr.org/post/understanding-dyslexia-and-closing-diagnosis-gap <p><span style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">Connecticut’s governor has talked openly about his developmental struggles. He's also one in five people who has dyslexia. It’s a developmental reading disorder that causes difficulties with spelling, reading and writing.</span></p><p style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">Dyslexia is something that keeps Malloy from being able to read and write as well as he’d like to this day, but it also drives him. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 15:03:38 +0000 Catie Talarski 2826 at http://wnpr.org Understanding Dyslexia, and Closing the Diagnosis Gap Edith Prague's New Job, Rosa DeLauro's Ongoing Fight, and Rinku Sen on Health Equity http://wnpr.org/post/edith-pragues-new-job-rosa-delauros-ongoing-fight-and-rinku-sen-health-equity <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Tucker/Where%20We%20Live%2008-07-2013.mp3</p><p></p><p>Earlier this year, Governor Dannel Malloy named Edith Prague the Commissioner of the state&rsquo;s Department on Aging.</p><p>The 87-year-old previously served as state representative, state senator and was even the commissioner of aging once before under Governor Lowell Weicker.</p><p>We sat down with Edith Prague to talk about her new job, her political career, and one job she doesn&rsquo;t want.</p><p>&quot;I wouldn&rsquo;t go to Washington if my life depended on it,&quot; said Prague.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 15:18:57 +0000 John Dankosky, Catie Talarski, Tucker Ives & Heather Brandon 3946 at http://wnpr.org Edith Prague's New Job, Rosa DeLauro's Ongoing Fight, and Rinku Sen on Health Equity How A Family Copes With Schizophrenia And Suicide http://wnpr.org/post/how-family-copes-schizophrenia-and-suicide Homer Bell was 54 years old when he killed himself in April in a very public way — he laid down his head in front of a stopped bus in his hometown of Hartford, Conn. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 20:45:00 +0000 Jeff Cohen 1234 at http://wnpr.org How A Family Copes With Schizophrenia And Suicide Study: Kids Can't Improve Their Teeth If They Don't See A Dentist http://wnpr.org/post/study-kids-cant-improve-their-teeth-if-they-dont-see-dentist <p>Each year, children across the country have a hard time caring for their teeth. A new study says that the problem is made worse because kids can&#39;t get in to see a dentist. The report comes from the Pew Children&#39;s Dental Campaign and makes two big observations.</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 20:34:10 +0000 Jeff Cohen 565 at http://wnpr.org Asians and the "Model Minority" Myth http://wnpr.org/post/asians-and-model-minority-myth <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Samaia/Asians%20and%20Suicide.mp3</p><p>Asian Americans have been dealing with the "model minority" myth for decades. And it's playing a role in high suicide rates. The idea of Asians as a model minority dates back to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Scholars began publishing articles that argued against themes of social reform.</p><p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:21:23 +0000 Samaia Hernandez 6720 at http://wnpr.org Changing Health Outcomes http://wnpr.org/post/changing-health-outcomes <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Betsy/Where%20We%20Live%2004-15-2013.mp3</p><p></p><p></p><div id="cke_pastebin"><p dir="ltr">A few weeks ago, the <a href="http://www.naacpnewhaven.org/">Greater New Haven Branch of the NAACP</a> released a<a href="http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2013/03/28/news/doc51549f5e20e4e992610549.txt?viewmode=fullstory"> report</a> showing significant health, economic, and educational disparities between White and minority populations....so significant that they’re calling it a modern day “urban apartheid.”</p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 14:41:42 +0000 John Dankosky, Catie Talarski, Tucker Ives, Betsy Kaplan & Heather Brandon 831 at http://wnpr.org Changing Health Outcomes Medicaid Changes Lead to Massive Dental Gains for Connecticut Children http://wnpr.org/post/medicaid-changes-lead-massive-dental-gains-connecticut-children-0 <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Samaia/Connecticut%20Dental%20Gains.mp3</p><p>Studies show that poor oral health can make young people suffer in ways adults would never tolerate. "For some kids, they are scared forever. I know people who will not talk. They will not open their mouth. They will cover their mouth," said Dr. Tryfon Beazoglou, who recently co-authored a report with Joanna Douglass, also from the University of Connecticut's School of Dental Medicine. "Often many of these children have had pain for so long that they act out in other ways and it's picked up as behavioral problems in the class room," Douglass said.</p><p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 14:39:13 +0000 Samaia Hernandez 6806 at http://wnpr.org Medicaid Changes Lead to Massive Dental Gains for Connecticut Children The Air We Breathe http://wnpr.org/post/air-we-breathe <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Betsy/Where%20We%20Live%2001-14-2013.mp3</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The air we breathe is usually not something we can see. &nbsp;Today, in Beijing, that is not the case. Activist Zhou </span>Rong<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of Greenpeace tells NPR, "In the last three days, the air pollution is beyond index. It's the worst since we have readings starting from last year."&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But just because this blanket of smog highlight’s China’s less-than-stellar air quality, that doesn’t mean we’ve got the problem solved here at home.</span></p><p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 17:02:59 +0000 John Dankosky 7124 at http://wnpr.org The Air We Breathe Study: Hartford Children Have High Rates of Obesity http://wnpr.org/post/study-hartford-children-have-high-rates-obesity <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Jeff%20Cohen/2012_11_28_File%20JC%20121128%20Obesity.wav.mp3</p><p>A study of Hartford pre-school students shows that many of the city's young are obese by the time they are four or five years old. The study by UConn's Center for Public Health and Health Policy shows that Hartford has roughly the same rates of preschool obesity as other U.S. cities. Seventeen percent of the children measured classified as overweight; 20 percent of them qualified as obese. Both rates, though, are significantly higher than national averages.</p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 21:15:27 +0000 Jeff Cohen 4729 at http://wnpr.org Study: Hartford Children Have High Rates of Obesity New Law Allows Non-Nurses to Administer Medications to Patients at Home http://wnpr.org/post/new-law-allows-non-nurses-administer-medications-patients-home <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Jeff%20Cohen/2012_07_03_JC%20120705%20Med%20Admin.mp3</p><p>A new state law was just passed that will eventually give non-nurses the ability to give medications to poor and disabled patients living at home. The governor's bill lets trained home care aides -- who cost about half what nurses do -- administer medications.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 21:42:47 +0000 Jeff Cohen 4737 at http://wnpr.org Need for Primary Care Doctors Touches Community Health Centers, Too http://wnpr.org/post/need-primary-care-doctors-touches-community-health-centers-too <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Jeff%20Cohen/2012_11_20_File%20JC%20121109%20Health%20Centers%20ME.wav.mp3</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With legal and political battles over the Affordable Care Act all but settled, it now appears that the health care overhaul law is here to stay. The goal of the law is to promise insurance coverage for more Americans and, if it works, increase access to care.</span></p><p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 23:16:35 +0000 Jeff Cohen 7208 at http://wnpr.org A Patient-Centered Medical Home http://wnpr.org/post/patient-centered-medical-home <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The "patient-centered medical home" is a fairly new way of talking about what medical care used to be. The idea is that a patient has a primary care doctor who does more than just see them when they’re sick, but actually knows them, has all their records at hand, can suggest specialists, and most importantly, work with the patient on keeping him or herself healthy.</span></p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 16:52:02 +0000 John Dankosky 7354 at http://wnpr.org A Patient-Centered Medical Home City Concerned About, and Testing for, Hepatitis C http://wnpr.org/post/city-concerned-about-and-testing-hepatitis-c <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Jeff%20Cohen/2012_10_03_JC%20121003Hep%20C.mp3</p><div id="cke_pastebin">Hartford public health officials say they are concerned with new data on Hepatitis C in the city. The numbers show ten to 20 cases a month of people newly-diagnosed with a chronic form of the disease. The city is using computer mapping to help it better target, test, and treat its residents.</div><div id="cke_pastebin">&nbsp;</div><p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 19:09:30 +0000 Jeff Cohen 7385 at http://wnpr.org City Concerned About, and Testing for, Hepatitis C Proposed State Medicaid Changes Prompt Concern http://wnpr.org/post/proposed-state-medicaid-changes-prompt-concern <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Jeff%20Cohen/2012_06_26_JC%20120626%20Medicaid.mp3</p><div id="cke_pastebin">State officials say a recent Medicaid expansion is over enrolled and costs too much money, so it's asking the federal government for permission to ramp the program down a bit. That move is being met with objections.</div><p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 20:03:29 +0000 Jeff Cohen 7646 at http://wnpr.org Should Non-Nurses Give You Your Meds? http://wnpr.org/post/should-non-nurses-give-you-your-meds <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Jeff%20Cohen/2012_04_19_JC%20120419%20Med%20Admin.mp3</p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 18:01:51 +0000 Jeff Cohen 8002 at http://wnpr.org