health disparities

Racial Minorities Disproportionately Represented in Health Share

Preliminary data also show higher incidences of obesity, asthma and diabetes among racial minorities, and the CCO hopes to get more detailed data to plan outreach efforts

Results of Health Share of Oregon's cultural competence data collection are still preliminary – but overall, racial minorities show a higher prevalence of chronic health conditions than Caucasians, according to Sandra Clark, project director for community health strategies.

Clark, who presented some of the data at Health Share's community advisory council meeting last month, said it should not be considered definitive, partly because the organization has only been gathering data since early last year. Also, current data are drawn from intake during the application process administered by the Oregon Health Authority, not health records or patient surveys.

Patient-Centered Approach Can Reduce Health Disparities Among African-Americans

A five-year OHSU/PSU research project showed poor communication, perceived discrimination and mistrust of doctors were major barriers to healthcare.

African-Americans are less likely to use healthcare services, according to the latest research findings. And, when they do, they receive poorer quality of care, and comes away with less satisfaction which impacts their relationship with their provider.

CCO Data Debunks Myth of Immigrant Burden to Medicaid

The Oregon Health Authority released baseline demographic health data for the Oregon Health population that will help the state provide more equitable care in CCOs. Deep inequities are revealed among blacks and American Indians, while low immunization rates are most pronounced among white kids.
New data released this month shows that Latinos on the Oregon Health Plan are much less likely to use the emergency room or outpatient health services than other residents, disproving a myth that a recent wave of immigration from Latin America has burdened the state’s Medicaid program.

Workgroup Recommends Oregon Health Plan Use Doulas

Members think doulas could be easily integrated into services

February 29, 2012—A workgroup charged with studying how doulas could be incorporated into the Oregon Health Plan told legislators earlier this week that doing so could help improve birth outcomes, particularly in minority communities.

Last year, the Legislature passed House Bill 3311, which required the Oregon Health Authority to investigate how doulas and other community health workers could improve the birth outcomes of underprivileged and underserved women.

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