Friday, July 16, 2010

Friday roundup - Current awareness

Current awareness articles published within the last 7-10 days.

Topic: Health disparities

Poll: Fewer opportunities seen for minority kids – AP, July 7, 2010

Brief Intro: “Minority children have fewer opportunities than their white peers to gain access to high-quality health care, education, safe neighborhoods and adequate support from the communities where they live, according to a nationwide survey of professionals who work with young people.”

Disparities in Care: Grant secured to help get dental care to disadvantaged children – Redlands Daily Facts, July 15, 2010

Brief Intro: “A dental program targeting disadvantaged children expects to serve 3,000 kids and 1,000

pregnant moms in San Bernardino County over a three-year period.

UMMC seeks greater collaboration on health issues – Northeast Mississippi Daily

Journal, July 13, 2010

Brief Intro: “Mississippi is on the wrong end of several measures of health , and leaders at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine are reaching out statewide to help remedy one of the most glaring lacks.”

Topic: Children and obesity

Child obesity programs not created equal – Chicago Tribune, July 16, 2010

Brief Intro: “Researchers studied the success of three three-year community intervention programs, each targeting a different age group of more than 1,000 children — those younger than 5, primary school-age children and teens. Each group had a similar control population that received no intervention.”

Ambitious Best Food FITS! Program to combat obesity in San Marcos – Texas State University News Service,

July 15, 2010

Brief Intro: “Supported by a $150,000 grant from the Texas Department of State Health Services, Best Food for Families, Infants and Toddlers! (Best Food FITS!) will attempt a community-wide intervention designed to influence eating habits from an early age.”

Community works in fight against obesity – Herald Tribune, July 15, 2010

Brief Intro: “Area health care professionals, dietitians, teachers, fitness specialists and concerned parents attended a workshop Wednesday to help develop a school-based obesity intervention plan for students and families.”

Topic: Vulnerable populations
Economic security index – A new measure of economic risk for American families – Rockefeller Foundation, July 13, 2010
Brief Intro: “The Rockefeller Foundation & Yale University economic security expert Jacob Hacker invite
the media to attend the launch of the "Economic Security Index" (ESI). The ESI is the first simple,
integrated measure of income insecurity. The ESI launch will highlight new statistics on the percentage of
American families with a 25% or greater income loss in 2010 and in prior years.”

More families, single adults seek shelter – Journal Sentinel, July 15, 2010

Brief Intro: “A sharp increase in calls for emergency shelter in Milwaukee County shows that more and

more families and single adults exhausted their means and their housing options in the first half of the year.”


Brief Intro:Demonstrating the urgency to end housing discrimination, the U.S. Department of Housing and

Urban Development today announced that it will hold a national fair housing conference in New Orleans,

starting Monday, July 19. The five-day conference will feature leading scholars, advocates, government

officials, and community leaders focused on providing equal housing opportunities, increasing economic

opportunities for low-income individuals, and meeting the needs of persons with disabilities.”

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