This Week from Stockton Contributors

This week, Stockton contributors to this blog would like to share the following resources:

A report from the National Institutes of Health finds that there are disparities in US health care access and treatment. The first study of this kind occurred in the 1970s.

In the three decades since the landmark Report of the Secretary’s Task Force on Black and Minority Health (known as the Heckler Report) was released, advances in the country’s state of knowledge of the major factors underlying health disparities have led to a wealth of data about racial and ethnic minority health and health inequities.  This ground-breaking report provided an assessment of the major factors contributing to the health status of Blacks, Hispanics, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, and American Indians and Alaska Natives and elevated minority health to the national stage.

The recent issue of the American Journal of Public Health contains articles following up on the findings of the Heckler Report.

Drew Altman writing in the Wall Street Journal emphasizes that seniors have increasing income inequality. He encourages those in policy-making positions to include seniors in calculations about economic inequality and in discussions about the range of populations at-risk from the current economic climate.

Caroline Frederickson’s new book Under the Bus: How Working Women are Being Run Over debunks the myth that there is anything close to equal pay for equal work in the US. In addition, she points out that most low-wage labor, including tip work, is performed by women, frequently women of color. For reviews and commentary on this book, you can follow the links on the American Constitution Society blog post.

 

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