On February 25, 2007, seventh grader Deamonte Driver died from what many would have considered a simple toothache. Deamonte died because an abscess in his tooth was not treated, and the infection spread to his brain. This tragedy sparked the media's attention and national outrage at the state of our oral health care. As a homeless child whose Medicaid coverage had lapsed, he was especially vulnerable. If he had had basic dental coverage, and his infected tooth had been removed, he could have been saved.
Communities of color are affected disproportionately in infant mortality rates, in diabetes deaths, in obesity rates, and in preventable deaths. On Friday morning, Dr. David Satcher, the 16th U.S. surgeon general; Janet Murguía, president and CEO of National Council of La Raza; and Toni Lewis, chair of SEIU health care division joined Families USA conference attendees to talk about the importance of making sure health care disparities are part of the discussion during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
¡Basta ya! Changing the Frame from Sex and Stigma to Health and Safety
Written with Lydia Mitts
"Non-communicable diseases" (NCDs) is a key buzz phrase in public health today. Even the United Nations has the term on its mind, as it recently held a historic high-level meeting to develop a plan of action to fight NCDs. But what exactly does it mean?
Shows the number of people in each state who have cancer, diabetes, chronic lung disease, or heart disease and who rely on Medicaid, including breakdowns by racial and ethnic group.
Explores the many ways the Affordable Care Act helps eliminate health disparities by improving access to health care for communities of color.
Find out how the 2009 reauthorization of CHIP will help children across the country and strengthen the country's health care system.
Did you know that over 4 million people in this country were born with a right to health care? Through treaties, American Indians and Alaska Natives were guaranteed the right to health care and protection from the United States government in exchange for land.
Brian Smedley from the Health Policy Institute and Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies moderated the discussion and Chinwe Onyekere from Project HEALTH and Carol Bryant Payne from the Department of Housing and Urban Development shared how they approached this issue and some of the success they've had.
The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA): Addressing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
Explains several new provisions in CHIPRA that are designed to address disparities in children’s health coverage and care; includes a list of action steps for advocates.