NBC NEWS: Instead of the ER: Paramedics making house calls to chronic patients, 2/22

February 22, 2014

Instead of the ER: Paramedics Making House Calls to Chronic Patients

Individuals with chronic illnesses or those that are uninsured typically utilize the emergency room for primary medical care, yet this only leads to multiple, highly costly visits. Within the past year, it has been estimated that one in five Americans visited the emergency room for a total of 130 million visits, with costs ranging alarmingly from an average $750 to tens of thousands of dollars. Individuals with conditions such as asthma …

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USA TODAY: Eating Too Much Added Sugar May Be Killing You, 2/19

February 19, 2014

Eating Too Much Added Sugar May Be Killing You

According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, consuming far too many calories from added sugars has been linked to a significant increase in the risk for heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, added sugar consumption should add up to no more than 100 calories for women and 150 calories for men, which is less than 10 percent of a daily diet. However, in 2010, researchers discovered that Americans …

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PUBLIC NEWS SERVICE: Dental Care Nothing to Smile About for Many Ohio Kids, 2/18

February 18, 2014

Many of us may not be aware that February is also known as National Children’s Dental Health Month. In light of this observance, at the local level it is important for us to realize that it is estimated that nearly 340,000 children in Ohio have never visited a dentist. Oral health (along with many other factors) contributes to our overall health. A lack of attention, especially in children, creates a barrier to taking steps towards a life full of health and quality.

With such a large …

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HUFFINGTON POST: Supporting People with Multiple Chronic Conditions, 2/12

February 12, 2014

Supporting People with Multiple Chronic Conditions: A Health Priority

With our aging population, it has not been uncommon for physicians to find themselves treating patients that have two or more chronic conditions. Data shows that 26.0% of adults and 68.4% of Medicare beneficiaries now have multiple chronic conditions (MCC). That said, clinical outcomes such as mortality and quality of life are negatively affected both by this increasing number and condition-based treatment, resulting in fragmented care.  Recently, however, the U.S. Department of Health and …

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FORTUNE: FOOD DESERT REALITY: debate intensifies over food access, 8/15

August 16, 2013

From Fortune Magazine – August 15, 2013

Swaths of urban America are USDA-designated food deserts. Experts may disagree on the term and the numbers involved, but the problem is real.

Oneikah Delgado walks two hours to buy her family food. The 40-year-old mother of six lives in the Bronx’s Baychester neighborhood. Delgado makes her monthly visit to Part of the Solution (POTS) in the Bronx, where they have a food pantry for people to supplement their household supplies with canned vegetables, fresh produce, eggs, beans, and grains. About 80 …

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August 14, 2013

It’s best to start with the question “what is a food desert?”
A food desert is a neighborhood or area where its residents have little or no access to healthy, fresh foods. This lack of accessibility is a major barrier to those in the community who are trying to live healthier lifestyles.

A National Issue
The Cost of Obesity is High
CDC’s Recommended Strategies to Prevent Obesity
Food Access & the Grocery Gap
Efforts Underway!
Next Steps…

A National Issue

There are 23.5 million Americans living in designated food deserts (USDA, 2009). An alarming …

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August 08, 2013

“Inside Cincinnati” features Renee Mahaffey Harris, Executive Director of the Health Gap, and Cincinnati City Council member, Wendell Young. They discuss health disparities and food deserts in our communities. Courtesy of CitiCable.

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NPR: INCREASED DIABETES RISK: hot dogs, bacon & red meat, 6/18

June 18, 2013

From NPR.org… “You’ve likely heard about the link between sugar consumption and Type 2 diabetes. But fresh research ties another dietary pattern to increased risk of the disease, too: eating too much red meat.

It’s not that we are trying to pick on meat (I’m a meat-eater, in moderation), but the recent studies linking carnivorous habits to health problems seem to be piling up. We’ve had Salami Suicide and Death By Bacon. Now, there’s a study that links red meat consumption to an increased risk of …

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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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June 13, 2013

Cincinnati health organizations, hospitals and city leaders along with the Health Gap formed a collaborative dedicated to decreasing Cincinnati infant mortality rates to below average rates in five years.

Currently, the mortality rate among infants in some Cincinnati populations is three times the national average.

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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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ISSUE: MEDICAID: why it’s important in Ohio, 6/1

June 01, 2013

Ohio must expand Medicaid. Without Medicaid expansion, thousands of Ohioans with incomes up to 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Level ($23,550 for a family of four) will be left with no subsidized health insurance assistance. The Ohio Medicaid Expansion Study predicts that by 2017, 370,000 adults without dependent children will have no access to subsidized insurance and will most likely be uninsured. Ohio legislators must support Medicaid expansion.

Medicaid Makes Business Sense

Not only is Medicaid expansion the right thing to do morally, it makes good …

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