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The CHE blog features articles that address different aspects of working towards achieving Health Equity. Check out the blog for stories of success, learning from failure, recommendations, new ideas, and other perspectives of people contributing towards our common goal.

Only 1 in 11 Latinos with Mental Health Issues Access Proper Care

In the “Our Take” section on the website for the NASMHPD Research Institute (NRI) Inc., Glorimar Ortiz discusses the findings of a report on the lack of access to mental health services for the Latino community. According to an article in the Latin Times, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) calls the lack of Mental Health care the most severe health problem in the Hispanic community. The US Department of Health and Human Services estimates that over 10 million Latinos are uninsured. Additionally, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) estimates that for every 100,000 Latinos, there are as few as 29 Mental Health professionals with the language and cultural competency skills to treat this population group.

The report finds that Hispanic patients tend to more satisfied with services when they do receive them, and experienced positive outcomes in feelings of empowerment and dignity.

Read the discussion by Glorimar Ortiz at NRI’s “Our Take” by clicking HERE.
Read more in this Latin Times article by clicking HERE.
Read the study abstract HERE.

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The Invisible Man – Black Men Left Behind

“He is missing from the health care system. He is less likely to hold a job that provides health insurance. Otherwise, he is underinsured. Despite chronic poverty that cries out for relief, he often slips through the cracks of a frayed social safety net. Medicaid, focused on pregnant women and children, rarely includes him. He bears a disparate burden of disease. He dies early and struggles frequently against structures that render him invisible.” ~ Keith Elder, PhD, MPH

An article on rwjf.org describes the mission of Dr. Elder and colleague Keon Gilbert, DrPH, MA, MPA, to spotlight the need for resources focused on Black men. The compelling article includes a powerful infographic, which is available for download.

Read the article HERE.

Download the infographic HERE.

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Report: Military Policies on Transgender People are Not Scientific

A blog entry posted March 13th on the website of the Transgender Law Center reports the findings of the just-released Palm Center Report, which concludes there are no compelling medical reasons to not allow transgender people from serving in the military. The entry summarizes the findings of the report, which was co-chaired by former US Surgeon General Dr. Jocelyn Elders, and calls upon President Obama to lift the ban.


Read the blog entry HERE.

Read the report HERE.

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