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Nonprofit Organizations Finding Ways to Provide Affordable Care for Undocumented Immigrants

April 23, 2014 - 3:19pm
Under the Affordable Care Act, approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants may be ineligible for acquiring subsidized coverage through federal exchanges, Medicaid coverage, and Children’s Health Insurance Program coverage. As a result, more and more of these individuals are turning to nonprofit organizations and community health centers for care. Recent programs have shown joint partnerships between different […]

Divided Supreme Court upholds Michigan’s ban on affirmative action

April 23, 2014 - 11:30am
Divided Court upholds Michigan’s ban on affirmative action: In Plain English. Yesterday, the Supreme Court upheld the Michigan constitutional amendment that bans affirmative action in admissions to public universities.  Justice Kennedy stressed the decision was not based on the constitutionality of having a race-conscious admission process, but instead was centered around whether voters can choose […]

Companies lower healthcare costs for workers

April 22, 2014 - 2:59pm
  With the passing and enactment of the Affordable Care Act, more than 7 million Americans have been afforded the opportunity to sign up for comprehensive healthcare coverage. A provision that came with the ACA was the formation of Employers Centers of Excellence Network, a program comprised of large companies like Walmart, Target, Wells Fargo, and Lowes. […]

Effect of Urban Heat Islands and Related Energy Consumption on Minority Communities

April 22, 2014 - 1:02pm
Urban heat islands describe the concentration of heat within urban areas due to hard, impenetrable surfaces with little vegetation. The heat concentrates on the ground surface and in the air making the temperature in some cities 2 to 22 degrees (depending on the population and time of year) warmer than the surrounding suburbs. Using satellite […]

The Residual Effect of Unfair Voting Practices

April 22, 2014 - 12:28pm
In the Brennan Center’s compilation of articles pertaining to voting rights, Myrna Pérez discusses implications of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.  Section 5 is the provision of the Voting Rights Act that requires states with historically biased voting practices to obtain permission before implementing new voting […]

EVENT: Our Diverse Nation: The Many Faces of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

April 22, 2014 - 10:12am
Our Diverse Nation: The Many Faces of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Host: Center for American Progress Location: 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20005 Date: April 23, 2014 Time: 9:00 AM ET- 10:30 AM ET RSVP to attend this eventBookmark this link to watch the live webcastIntroduction: Neera Tanden, President, Center for […]

Underemployment disproportionately high in African-American community

April 21, 2014 - 4:37pm
  The problem of underemployment is one that affects the entire country but disproportionately impacts the African American community. An annual report by the National Urban League, One Nation Underemployed: Jobs Rebuild America,  found that African Americans were twice as likely as whites to be underemployed. Underemployment was defined as either currently being jobless or working part-time but desiring […]

ACA creates job opportunities for people of color

April 21, 2014 - 4:06am
Healthcare is the fastest growing labor sector. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is expected to increase many low- and mid-skill health care occupations by increasing demand for primary and preventative care services. According to the Joint Center report, the health care sector could add 4.6 million jobs, with people of color making up at least […]

Culturally-tailored Community Health interventions are Effective in Decreasing Smoking Rates among Southeast Asian Men

April 21, 2014 - 3:32am
Culturally-tailored Community Health interventions are Effective in Decreasing Smoking Rates among Southeast Asian Men Though smoking prevalence rates have decreased due to smoking cessation policies and intervention programs since 1970s, not all interventions have equally targeted different ethnic groups in which smoking incidence and prevalence rates remain high. For example, Southeast Asian men in the United […]

Florida’s Direct File Harms Youth

April 21, 2014 - 2:38am
The Human Rights Watch report “Branded for Life:  Florida’s Prosecution of Children as Adults” explains that although most US states do not allow direct file (sending juvenile offenders straight to adult court with no intermediary hearing), Florida continues to charge juveniles as adults more than any other state.  Over 60% of those charges are for nonviolent felonies, […]

EVENT: Creating pathways to success for men and boys of color April 18-19

April 18, 2014 - 3:42pm
Host: The Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Dean’s Advisory Committee on Equity and Diversity and the Morehouse Research Institute Location: Gutman Conference Center, Harvard Graduate School of Education Date: April 18 – April 19, 2014 It’s been twenty years since the intellectual work of the African-American Men and Boys Initiative sponsored by the W.K. […]

New IPCC Climate Change Report Reasserts Disparate Impacts on Marginalized Communities

April 18, 2014 - 11:29am
In an interview with Between the lines, Interim Director of the Joint Center’s Energy and Environment Program, Dr. Michael Dorsey, discusses the latest IPCC climate change report and the disparate impacts of climate change on low-income communities and communities of color. The first thing to understand is that those that contribute the least amount of carbon […]

HIV/STD intervention program for African-American MSM

April 18, 2014 - 10:02am
  African American men-who-have-sex-with men (MSM) are disproportionately affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Young African-American MSM accounted for the highest number of new HIV infection among all gay men in 2010. To address this disparity, the CDC has shown an evidence-based intervention program to be effective in addressing the epidemic in the African-American gay community. Some key features of […]

Air Pollution Exposure Greater for Minorities

April 18, 2014 - 7:23am
A new report titled National Patterns in Environmental Injustice and Inequality, indicates a disparity in exposure to air pollution, specifically nitrous oxide exposure, among nonwhites compared to whites.  This disparity is greater between nonwhites and whites than it is between people from contrasting economic backgrounds.  Youth and elderly nonwhites are particularly at risk.  Key findings from […]

More Americans Get Covered in States Embracing ACA

April 17, 2014 - 5:08pm
According to the Gallup poll released yesterday, the uninsured rate is dropping faster in states that have fully embraced the Affordable Care Act.  The uninsured rate among adults 18 years and older in the 21 states (including Washington, DC) that set up their own healthcare exchanges and expanded Medicaid, have dropped 2.5%.  The 29 states […]

EVENT: Arkansas Minority Health Summit- April 18th

April 17, 2014 - 10:29am
Host: Arkansas Minority Health Commission Location: 900 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Dr, Little Rock, AR 72202 Date: Friday, April 18, 2014 Time: 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM   Join public health leaders from around the country for a full day of activities designed to provide learning opportunities about new and emerging trends focused on health […]

Are you really healthy? Disparity in self-rated and physical health

April 17, 2014 - 2:37am
  What can be said of perceptions around being healthy in the African American community? A new study published in the journal Ethnicity & Disease showed a discrepancy between self-rated health and physical health in the African American community. The study analyzed data retrieved from 1,200 individuals in the Faith, Activity and Nutrition program. This program […]

SAVE THE DATE! Minority Health Twitter Chat April 23 @ 1PM ET

April 16, 2014 - 4:41pm
REACH Minority National Organizations Twitter Chat As part of National Minority Health Month, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies will host a Twitter chat on Wednesday, April 23, at 1:00pm EST to engage and educate key stakeholders on strategies that alleviate chronic disease disparities. The chat will feature the six REACH Minority National […]

Happy Emancipation Day DC!

April 16, 2014 - 4:02pm
Click here for a list of events this week, commemorating Washington, D.C. ending slavery. And listen here to Joint Center Interim President and CEO, Spencer Overton, on NewsOneNow discuss Senator Jim DeMint’s recent comments on the government’s role in freeing the slaves. Well the reason that the slaves were eventually freed was the Constitution, it […]

INFOGRAPHIC- African American Health Disparities Compared to Whites

April 16, 2014 - 11:18am
New infographic by Families USA shows the health disparities experienced by African American communities compared to non-Hispanic whites.     Morgan McLeod is the Program Assistant and New Media Strategist at the Joint Center Tagged: African American, health