Health News Roundup

Pandemic recovery highlights inequities, and more in this week’s roundup

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Survey: Pandemic recovery highlights inequities in Connecticut
Kasturi Pananjady, The Connecticut Mirror, Oct. 7
The coronavirus exacerbated the state’s existing economic and racial inequities, and pandemic recovery continues to be a tale of two Connecticuts as Black and Hispanic residents report lower rates of vaccination and higher rates of housing, food and economic insecurity, according to figures provided by DataHaven.

Black COVID patients receive fewer medical follow-ups, study shows
Kynala Phillips, NBC News, Oct. 8
A study that examined the health outcomes of more than 2,000 COVID patients in Michigan found that more than half of the patients of color were readmitted to the hospital. The researchers reported being surprised about the lack of follow-ups with physicians, citing the need for better and more coordinated care between hospitals and physicians.

For Hispanic Heritage Month, explore this CT community’s impact on the state
Mary Katherine Wildeman, CT Insider, Oct. 10
As Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close, an analysis shows the diversity of the growing Hispanic population in the state. The state’s Hispanic and Latino residents largely hail from Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Colombia. The Hispanic population trends younger than the state’s overall population, providing an opportunity for the state to ensure culturally responsive education and opportunities for economic security.

Community clinics shouldered much of the vaccine rollout. Many of them haven’t been paid.
Rachana Pradhan and Rachel Bluth, Kaiser Health News, Oct. 11
Community clinics across the country are experiencing payment delays for COVID-19 vaccinations, making it difficult to retain staff. These clinics have played a critical role in boosting vaccination rates for low-income people of color. Other pots of federal and state funds have helped clinics stay afloat to continue to provide vaccinations and services for the communities they serve.

Opinion: Health disparities for Filipinxs in health care are disguised by data aggregation
Carlos Irwin A. Oronce, STAT News, Oct. 11
Filipinx people are being disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this disparity largely exists in the shadows due to the absence of disaggregated data for Asian Americans. This issue illuminates the need for health systems to invest in processes and infrastructure to collect detailed self-reported race and ethnicity data.