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: The Hospital Price Transparency Challenge, 11/18/2014

November 18, 2014

The Hospital Price Transparency Challenge

With the world of health care ever-growing, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsored a challenge to educate consumers in making more informed decisions as hospital patients receiving care. The Hospital Price Transparency Challenge, or, Health 2.0, brought a challenge to developers to create tools and apps that allowed its users to analyze data from hospital charges; the data was received from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) concerning common procedures such as hip and knee replacement surgeries. As a …

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RWJF: Engaging Latino Immigrant Men in Domestic Violence Prevention, 11/18/2014

November 18, 2014

Engaging Latino Immigrant Men in Domestic Violence Prevention

A group of Latina immigrants in central New Mexico began a social justice organization by the name of ‘Enlace Comunitario,’ in September of 2011 to combat domestic violence in Latino immigrant men. Since then, as part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Funding Local Partnerships program, several classes for these men have been provided to engage them in the efforts for prevention of domestic violence through treating them as an ally in this fight, rather than the enemy. …

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YAHOO: How to use your city as a Stairmaster, 11/13/2014

November 13, 2014

How to use your city as a Stairmaster

Have you ever become bored with doing the same jog or the same home work out every day? Are you looking for a new way to incorporate physical activity into your life without having to pay an expensive gym membership? No worries! There is a new trend in physical activity called urban hiking. This trend uses stairs as a means of physical activity. Rather than using a park to take a walk people have turned to city stairs …

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RWJF: Breaking Through the Myth of the ‘Deadbeat Dad’, 10/21/2014

October 21, 2014

Breaking Through the Myth of the ‘Deadbeat Dad’

Professor of nursing at Rush University in Chicago, Wrenetha Julion, is working to break the public’s perception and overuse of the term ‘deadbeat dad’ in African American communities and foster the positive involvement of fathers that currently do not live with their children. Juilion is performing research at a time where the topic is stirring, as President Obama has launched initiatives to address challenges that face fathers that are of color and promote parenting responsibility among these fathers. …

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HUFFINGTON POST: Shift Work and Diabetes, 10/3/2014

October 03, 2014

Shift Work and Diabetes

Shift workers have a higher risk of developing diabetes, according to a recent study out of Tongji Medical College in Wuhan, China. Shift work, for their purposes, included working night hours, irregular hours, or rotating shifts. Reviewing a multitude of other studies (with a sum total of 226, 652 participants) the researchers concluded that shift work increases one’s risk for developing diabetes. Important to note, however, is that being a risk factor does not mean that working shifts is a cause of …

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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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HUFFINGTON POST: Best Places to Raise Your Kids, 9/11/2014

September 11, 2014

Best Places to Raise Your Kids

The data is out- Massachusetts, Vermont, and Iowa are the best places to raise a child in the United States, according to a recent study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Looking at metrics such as economic well being, education, health, family, and community, those three states stood out on top, with Nevada and New Mexico rounding out the bottom. Nationally, children are improving with regard to health care coverage and declining mortality rates, as well as an increase in …

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RWJF: A Closer Look at Contributors to Stress for Latinos, 09/08/2014

September 08, 2014

A Closer Look at Contributors to Stress for Latinos

The burdens of stress for Americans can be many, as a recent survey from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Public Radio, and the Harvard School of Public Health has focused upon. However, what about the Latino population? Are their stressors the same or different? Professor at the University of New Mexico, Gabriel R. Sanchez, PhD, as well as PhD candidate at the UNM, Yajaira Johnson-Esparza take a closer look.

Observations from the study about American’s stressors found …

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AARP: The Weatherization Assistance Program, 08/05/2014

August 05, 2014

The Weatherization Assistance Program: Sustainable Energy Solutions for Low-Income Households

The Weatherization Assistance Program is a federally funded program intended to reduce energy costs for low-income families.  Not only will this avoid high energy costs for families, but it can have a lasting effect on the health of low-income families. This is because sustained high temperatures and living conditions poorly affect a multitude of health conditions. Weatherization is the process of changing a building to make it stay cooler, such as sealing cracks and exhaust ducts …

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Policy Link: The Benefits of Paid Sick Days, 07/29/2014

July 29, 2014

The Benefits of Paid Sick Days

In 2011, Connecticut became the first state to require workers to be able to earn paid sick leave. For many part-time workers, especially in industries like retail and hospitality, it was their first opportunity ever to earn paid sick leave. Many businesses and employers expressed that paid sick days would negatively impact business in the state, but an evaluation found the opposite to be true. Not only was the impact on business minimal, employment actually rose in several sectors, including …

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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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CDC: Preventing Youth Violence, 6/20/2014

June 20, 2014

CDC: Preventing Youth Violence

When we think about health, many of us think about nutrition and exercise; however, another large public health issue across the nation is youth violence, which affects everyone—including families and communities. Youth violence is a leading cause of death and injury. Each day, 13 youth become victims of homicide. Homicide is the third leading cause of death for those between the ages of 10 and 24. This presents a risk to the emotional well-being of families and communities. Although not completely unavoidable, …

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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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