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Journal Articles on HIV Care and Minorities (posted 11/30)

Posted: November 30, 2009

The most recent issue of Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved includes three articles focusing on race/ethnicity and HIV care. 

The first article entitled Impact of Race/Ethnicity on Survival among HIV-Infected Patients in Care focuses on disparities in survival rates among HIV patients in minority communities.  The study found that compared to other racial/ethnic groups African Americans had lower survival rates.  The authors concluded that more research into the biological, behavioral, sociocultural, and healthcare delivery reasons for persistent racial disparities in HIV infection is needed in order to better address them.  To download the study click here.

The second article entitled The Impact of Acculturation on Utilization of HIV Prevention Services and Access to Care Among an At-Risk Hispanic Population investigates how acculturation influences access to HIV prevention and related services.  The study found that Hispanics who have low levels of acculturation (limited English proficiency, born outside of the United States and have been in the United States less than 10 years) are at greater risk for HIV infection, are less likely to get tested for HIV, and less likely to access health care services.  Based on these results, the authors recommend developing HIV prevention programs that include an emphasis on outreach efforts to monolingual Spanish speakers and the undocumented.  Additionally, they recommend that services provide education on how to navigate the US health care system, and provide access to Spanish language hotlines and confidential HIV testing and counseling sites.  To download the study click here.

The third article entitled Sources and Types of Social Support that Influence Engagement in HIV Care Among Latinos and African Americans examines the types of support systems that HIV patients in African American and Latino communities seek out.  The study found that patients relied on health care providers to sustain engagement and maintenance in HIV health care, but that when needing general support for daily living, they were more likely to turn to family and friends.  Based on these results the authors recommend that health care providers and HIV organizations work to understand how HIV-positive African Americans and Latinos interact with these respective sources of support and to have clear means of communicating the needs of clients up and down the chains of support, including to family and friends who tend to provide support for general subsistence.  To download the study click here.

Progress Enrolling Children in Medicaid/CHIP (posted 11/30)

Posted: November 30, 2009

The Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have released a new brief entitled Progress Enrolling Children in Medicaid/CHIP: Who is Left and What are the Prospects for Covering More Children? that examines the five million children that are eligible for CHIP but remain uninsured. 

According to new coverage estimates released in September 2009, the number of children without health insurance coverage declined by about 800,000 between 2007 and 2008—reaching its lowest level in over a decade.  However, despite this progress, an estimated 5 million children are eligible for programs like Medicaid or CHIP, but are not enrolled—falling through the cracks in most states.  This brief examines the characteristics of the children who remain uninsured and the prospect for enrolling them in public coverage.  While many states have adopted a host of policy changes aimed at increasing participation over the last decade, barriers to enrolling more children still exist.  The authors cite research showing over 90 percent of low-income parents say they would enroll their uninsured child if their child was eligible, but around half do not know their child is eligible, do not know how to apply, and/or find the application process difficult.  For more information click here. To download the brief click here. Celebrates World AIDS Day (posted 11/24)

Posted: November 24, 2009 is celebrating World AIDS Day on December 1st by utilizing social networking technology.  Help spread the word by taking your photo with a red ribbon and posting it on their Flickr group, or post something on your Twitter account using the hashtag #WAD09, or simply change your social network profile picture and status.  Find out how else you can take action to spread the word about World AIDS Day with by clicking here

New Social Policy Report Brief on Hispanic Children (posted 11/23)

Posted: November 23, 2009

The Society for Research in Child Development has released an issue brief on young Hispanic children and their academic performance.  The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) is an interdisciplinary  organization of scientists that releases a Social Policy Brief Report quarterly.  The most recent report entitled Young Hispanic Children: Boosting Opportunities for Learning presents facts on Hispanic youth and their academic performance in comparison to other populations and provides recommendations for ensuring the academic success of this population.  To download the issue brief click here.  To download other Social Policy Brief Reports click here.


Bill to Improve Access to Behavioral Telehealth Services in Rural Communities (posted 11/20)

Posted: November 20, 2009

Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) this month introduced a bill to improve access to telemedicine and behavioral telehealth services in rural communities.  The Rural Telemedicine Enhancing Community Health (TECH) Act of 2009 (S. 2749) would establish three pilot projects in rural and underserved areas of the country to provide telehealth services and analyze their cost-effectiveness and clinical outcomes.  One of the pilot projects will be specifically for the provision of behavioral health services, with the aim of improving rural patients’ access to services and expanding collaborative and integrated models of care delivery.  The other two projects will focus on chronic diseases and treatment of stroke patients, respectively.  The Rural TECH Act of 2009 has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee, where it is awaiting a hearing.

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