Equity: Articles, Webinars, Websites

The following was posted on the BHIC Blog, representing a variety of sources.


New study calculates number of deaths caused by poverty
Poverty is often cited as contributing to poor health. Now, in an unusual approach, researchers have calculated how many people poverty kills and presented their findings, along with an argument that social factors can cause death the same way that behaviour like smoking cigarettes does. In an article published online for the June 16 issue of the American Journal of Public Health, scientists calculated the number of deaths attributable to each of six social factors, including low income. [@RWJF_VP]

Webinar: Applying Cultural Competency to Emergency Risk Communication
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Participate by Phone: 888-790-6180
Passcode: 1281914
Register for this webinar:   http://conta.cc/qkNDKx
Racial and ethnic minorities are disproportionately impacted by disasters, and disparities that existed prior to the event are exacerbated following the event. Employing a culturally and linguistically appropriate emergency risk communication framework in the context of a disaster can aid in the reduction of health disparities associated with disaster response and recovery. This COCA webinar will illustrate the importance of cultural competency in the everyday communication activities between clinicians and patients, and discuss culturally competent emergency risk communication strategies that clinicians can use during any crisis. [MRCLEADERS-L listserv]

Mapping the US Census
From the New York Times
Browse population growth and decline, changes in racial and ethnic concentrations and patterns of housing development. http://nyti.ms/eocVZG

Healthcare Equality Index 2011
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has published the Healthcare Equality Index 2011 (HEI). This report details the results of an annual survey that measures how equitably healthcare facilities treat their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients and employees in the areas of patient non-discrimination, visitation, cultural competence training and employment non-discrimination. The HEI seeks to identify a “gold standard” of such policies to be used as models across the healthcare industry. [CLAStalk listserv]

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