Disparities Persist in Positive Cardiac Longevity Trend
One of the first national studies to measure long-term patient outcomes following a heart attack has found positive overall trends, but those benefits do not extend to low-income and Black communities, according to a new study in JAMA Cardiology.
Churches are closing in predominantly Black communities – why public health officials should be concerned
Public health officials need to become more intentional and systematic in understanding the demographics served by churches in predominantly Black communities, the ways in which they deliver services, their capacity to serve as potential extension sites for health care access, and the ways in which they support, more generally, the social determinants of health in their communities.Source: Brookings
The dental care access crisis and racial disparities in CT
There is only one endodontist in the entire state of Connecticut providing care to patients on Medicaid: Dr. Demetress Davis. Dr. Davis has been providing root canal treatment to patients on HUSKY for the past six years, helping many save their teeth.Source: The CT Mirror
Ed Yong, 3 deans discuss future direction of public health
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and 2022 Yale Poynter Fellow Ed Yong moderated a discussion, Does Public Health Need a Reboot?, with deans Amy Fairchild of The Ohio State University College of Public Health, Michelle Williams of the Harvard T.C. Chan School of Public Health, and Sten Vermund of the Yale School of Public Health April 8 at YSPH’s Winslow Auditorium.
Major Funding Award Supports Yale Efforts to Address Maternal Health Inequities
A team of Yale researchers, working collaboratively with Yale New Haven Hospital, community partners and two regional hospitals, is exploring ways to improve health outcomes among pregnant and postpartum women in priority populations that have been historically underserved and experience systemic racism. A $20.4 million funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will support the study.
Irwin receives $7 million grant to investigate healthy interventions for ovarian cancer patients
Yale School of Public Health Associate Dean of Research and Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology Melinda Irwin, Ph.D., M.P.H., has been awarded a five-year, $7 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to explore how nutrition and exercise interventions can improve chemotherapy outcomes and reduce toxicity for women with ovarian cancer.
Black and Hispanic Neighborhoods Had Fewer COVID Testing Sites, Yale Study Finds
A new study by Yale researchers finds that, due to structural racism, the populations most at risk for contracting and dying from COVID-19 — Black, Indigenous, and LatinX populations— had less access to COVID-19 testing centers.
Feeling Invisible & Unheard: The Impact of Racist Stereotypes on Black Teenage Girls
A new Yale study finds that Black teenage girls face a number of gendered racist stereotypes that can impact their decision making in romantic relationships, lower their self-esteem and leave them feeling powerless and invisible to others.
New Report Details Steps Needed to Build Climate Resilience in Vulnerable Connecticut Communities
A new report on climate resilience in Connecticut is recommending that the state take more steps to dismantle underlying inequality that makes vulnerable communities more susceptible to the effects of climate change. The report, a collaboration between the Yale School of the Environment, the Yale School of Public Health Center on Climate Change and Health, and Vermont Law School, details ways the state can mitigate the impact of natural disasters on vulnerable communities, which are facing the challenges of disproportionate exposure to climate change, increased underlying stressors, and limited access to recovery resources.Source: YSE 3
Study finds spike in hospitals suing patients over unpaid medical bills
A study by researchers at Yale and Stanford universities reveals a significant increase in lawsuits over unpaid hospital bills in Wisconsin, providing further evidence of the financial hardship that the U.S. health care system is causing patients.Source: Yale News
Birth Outcomes Improved Through Expect With Me Group Prenatal Care
Expectant mothers who received group prenatal care through Expect With Me, a program co-developed by the Yale School of Public Health, had significantly better birth outcomes than their peers receiving traditional one-on-one prenatal care, a new study finds.
3 Essential Questions: HIV/AIDS and the Fight Against Disparities
Yusuf Ransome, Ph.D., studies how social, economic and cultural determinants influence racial/ethnic- and geography-related disparities in the HIV care continuum, using factors such as social capital and religion, faith and spirituality.
Connecticut panel hosts inaugural meeting to address racism in public health
The 28-member Commission on Racial Equity in Public Health met for the first time recently, following its establishment by Governor Ned Lamont in a summer bill that declared racism a public health crisis in Connecticut.Source: Yale Daily News
Flint Water Crisis Worsened Birth Outcomes, Disproportionally Affected Black Babies, YSPH Study Finds
Not long after city officials in Flint, Michigan, decided to cut costs by using river water as the local drinking supply, incidences of childhood lead poisoning skyrocketed. For the next several months, residents across the city — many of them Black and below the poverty line — would be exposed to dangerous chemicals from the polluted Flint River without knowing it.
Empowering Black Girls May Help to Reduce Drug Use, YSPH Study Finds
Black girls make up a relatively small portion of the overall drug-using population. But their health consequences are more severe than most: Reproductive issues, fertility issues, sexually transmitted infections and trauma exposure are all obstacles they face at statistically higher rates compared to their peers.