2/25: Inaugural Black History Month Community Lecture Series

January 29, 2016

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RWJF: Building a Culture of Health: There is No Place like Home, 11/24/2014

November 25, 2014

Building a Culture of Health: There is No Place like Home

Recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the impact of home visits on both maternal and child health was addressed. In the research conducted, the health outcomes were observed among primarily low-income African American women and children in urban neighborhoods over a nineteen year period, assessing the influence of home visits and premature death. Establishing a relationship between the mothers both before and after birth allows the underlying barriers in healthy living to …

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RWJF: Early Childhood Experiences and Well-Being, 11/20/2014

November 20, 2014

Early Childhood Experiences and Well-Being

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, over fifteen to twenty years of research has displayed that the social and economic factors that influence health have even more of an impact during early childhood. These particular years in a child’s life can potentially lead towards or away from a path to lifelong wellness. Additionally, research has shown that the negative impacts not only affect early childhood, but can translate well into adulthood and therefore next generations. Essentially, this means a negative …

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RWJF: More and More Americans with Dementia: The Call to Improve Care, 10/28/2014

October 28, 2014

More and More Americans with Dementia: The Call to Improve Care

A popular notion is that dementia is simply part of growing older; however, health care experts beg to differ. It is becoming a growing problem that must be halted now, as it is estimated that nearly 16 million Americans will develop the deadly disease by the year 2050. The leading cause of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, disproportionately affects women, African Americans, and Latinos, and takes more lives than both breast and prostate cancer together—over 500,000 every …

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HUFFINGTON POST: Recognizing Hepatitis around the World, 10/14/2014

October 14, 2014

Recognizing Hepatitis around the World

On July 30th, the White House and governments around the world observed World Hepatitis Day, raising awareness about a disease that affects many globally and in the United States. Currently, there are 5.3 million Americans living with viral hepatitis, a disease that does not display many symptoms initially, leading to it being termed the “silent killer.” Viral hepatitis highly impacts Asian American communities, with 1 in every 12 living with Hepatitis B. Another unfortunate statistic: the rate of Hepatitis C in …

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Health Gap 10 Year Anniversary Celebration

September 25, 2014

Join in the celebration of the Health Gap’s 10 Year Anniversary!


More information to come!

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WASHINGTON POST: Healthier Babies for Low-Income Mothers, 9/23/2014

September 23, 2014

Healthier Babies for Low-Income Mothers

Good news for expectant mothers everywhere: the disparity in newborn health is lessening between high income and low income mothers. This news comes as results of a recent study conducted by Anna Aizer and Janet Currie, professors at Brown and Princeton universities, respectively. These researchers measured newborn health by birth weight, and used race, education and marital status as measures for economic background. Using information from 1989-2009, the study found that 1 in 6 babies born in the economically challenged group …

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HEALTH IT: Digital Access and Health Disparities, 9/19/2014

September 19, 2014

Digital Access and Health Disparities

Digital disparities are reflecting and amplifying issues of health access and may be a new forefront in the fight for health equity. Those most likely to have access to the internet or a smart phone are also likely to be wealthier, and this fact suggests the increase in health information accessibility. Vish Vishwanath, professor at Harvard School of Public Health, calls for increased internet access for the low-income and most vulnerable populations, so that they can visit the websites of hospitals …

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Health Gap’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

August 21, 2014

The Journey to Equality in Health
“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


For the past ten years, the Center for Closing the Health Gap in Greater Cincinnati has been on the journey to equality in health. Thank you for being a part of that journey!

We would love to hear your stories and see your photos from your time with the Health Gap! Please share with us about your experiences on social media, using …

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Ohio and Kentucky Urban League Affiliates Pre Conference Healthcare Summit

July 21, 2014

Join the Ohio and Kentucky Urban League Afilliates at the Metropolitian Club for a thought provoking pre conference discussion on healthcare in our community.

As the Urban League continues to carry out its goals of educating on job readiness and career sustainability, we will be advancing the discussion on the importance of the availability of affordable health care for children and adults.

Featuring physicians, policy makers and medical thought leaders in a dialogue on new perspectives on costs and the continuum of care, our goal is to bring more health care awareness to the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky communities.  Dr. Stephanie Mayfield, …

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RWJF: Race and Ethnicity Impacts Patient Access to Quality Health Care, 7/8/2014

July 08, 2014

Race and Ethnicity Impacts Patient Access to Quality Health Care


The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, along with the National Urban League Policy Institute recently revealed that a shocking forty percent of African American and Hispanic patients receive lower quality care in comparison to White patients, leading to about $60 billion in unnecessary health care costs in 2009. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a wonderful supporter for The Health Gap, expresses how health care professionals across the country must receive the health disparity data and …

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CNN: PTSD from your ZIP code: Urban violence and the brain, 7/1/2014

July 01, 2014

PTSD from Your ZIP Code: Urban Violence and the Brain


A recent study in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry has revealed the effects of violence on our minds, showing that we may not need to directly experience a violent event to feel the pain it causes. Upon interviews of eight thousand people in Atlanta, Georgia, professors from Emory University are observing higher rates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in urban populations in comparison to the most common population for the disorder: war veterans. Patients from Grady Memorial …

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RWJF: Prescriptions Must Address More than Medicines, 6/27/2014

June 27, 2014

Prescriptions Must Address More than Medicines

Where we live, work, and play can have a far greater impact on our health than the treatment we may receive at a clinic or hospital. In 2011, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation conducted a national survey which found that four out of five physicians believed that the need to address social needs of patients is just as important as our medical needs. This displays that doctors are recognizing that we must connect the worlds both inside and outside of …

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INTERACT FOR HEALTH: Poor, minorities more likely to report barriers to finding trusted health care provider, 6/25/2014

June 25, 2014

Interact for Health: Poor, minorities more likely to report barriers to finding trusted health care provider


Just last week, Interact for Health released their findings from this year’s Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey (CHSS), which displays many of the barriers our minority populations in the Greater Cincinnati region are experiencing. While the survey observes the lack and type of insurance as barriers to finding a trusted health care provider, there was one factor that stood out: race and ethnicity as a barrier.

Despite a mere four …

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KAISER PERMANENTE: Study Shows Black Stroke Patients More Likely to be Misdiagnosed, 06/23/2014

June 23, 2014

Study Shows Black Stroke Patients More Likely to be Misdiagnosed

About 800,000 Americans suffer from strokes each year, and nearly 130,000 die as a result of a stroke – that’s one death every four minutes.  Blacks are more than twice as likely as whites to suffer a stroke,partly due to the prevalence of obesity in black communities. As a result, this means they are more likely to die.  Therefore, it is incredibly important that African-American patients are properly diagnosed and effectively treated …

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USA TODAY: HEALTH DISPARITIES: modern civil rights front, 8/23

August 23, 2013

From USA Today and the Cincinnati Enquirer…

When Jocelyn Storr turned 40, she looked at her scale and her father’s deteriorating health from a stroke and heart attack and decided to make a change.

As an African-American, she had resigned herself to a life of hypertension and weight struggles. Then she realized that she controlled her own health. So she started walking regularly, closely monitoring her portion sizes and sugar intake as well as that of her children and grandchildren. She has lost 30 pounds and gained …

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NEWS: HEALTH GAP, RWJF IN DC: Commission to Build Healthier America, 6/19

June 19, 2013

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to “Build a Healthier America” met in Washington, D.C. on June 19, 2013 to hear testimony from leading experts on how best to support health in communities and health during early childhood. Eight experts from across the country provided testimony to the commission.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), led by President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, is the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted solely to the public’s health. In 2009 RWJF released their report, Beyond Health Care: New Directions to a Healthier America, …

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June 18, 2013

Americans consume 25% more calories today than in the 70s, so it’s easy to dismiss obesity as a disease of luxury, but this isn’t true. Academic Earth explains obesity as a class issue enabled by American food policies.

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NEWS: JUSTICE IN HEALTH FOR ALL: Dr. Adewale Troutman (APHA) addresses health of black community, 6/1

June 01, 2013

The Center for Closing the Health Gap hosted Dr. Adewale Troutman, president of the American Public Health Association (APHA), who led a forum titled “The Health of the Black Community” on Saturday, June 1.

The APHA is an international organization for public health professionals with more than 50,000 members, and Dr. Troutman is renowned for his commitment to social justice, human rights, community activism, health equity, and addressing national and global health issues. His life’s work is a testimony to this fact.

According to the APHA, “Dr. Troutman …

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