Health disparities found among black, white and Latino children

There is a strong likelihood that these disparities will persist unless we intervene to change them. Full Story »

Posted by Sally Lehrman
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Posted by: Posted by Sally Lehrman - Sep 23, 2012 - 9:43 PM PDT
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Edited by: Sally Lehrman - Sep 23, 2012 - 9:44 PM PDT
Kaitlin Kmetz
by Kaitlin Kmetz - Sep. 25, 2012

This article emphasizes the individuals responsibility for health disparities in their community. The article explained that it seems to be the fault of children's parents for their lack of education about health issues. The article also explains that educational institutions contribute to the high rate of health disparities among black and Latino youth because they have a "huge influence" on how children act.

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Christopher Caruso
by Christopher Caruso - Sep. 25, 2012

The writer cited poor education as one of the leading causes of health disparities in minorities. However, they are referring to public education, that is, education that is funded and is run through the government. Unfortunately, there was little talk of this being one of the ways in which we could curb this disparity, though it could be a vital tool.

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Alvaro Rodriguez
by Alvaro Rodriguez - Sep. 24, 2012

In this article, the author pinpoints parents and schools as responsible for the health issue. In the 6th paragraph, the author makes mention of the role parents' education and income play in the disparities listed, as well as how schools affect children's behavior. This article is somewhat short, it would have helpful if the author elaborated more on how exactly the data backs up these claims. Moreover, in stating that schools and parents play vital roles, the author did not really indicate if state or federal policies have anything to do with the disparities.

I think it is quite sad that these two communities are facing these issues. As a latino, I am thankful that my family has always provided with healthy food and meals, so that I could avoid the disparities mentioned in this article.

“Finding disparities this young suggests that we have to start young to try to address them” More »

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Luis Aguilar
by Luis Aguilar - Oct. 18, 2012

Health Journalism Fellow and Los Angeles Times reporter Anna Gorman addresses the health disparities that exist within the African American, Latino and Caucasian community. Gorman identifies several key elements which influence the health of the children, such as poor neighborhood conditions, poor health behaviors and the lack of awareness within minority communities. Just as Harvard Medical Professor Mark Schuster points out how "obesity rates were twice as high among black and Latino children" Professor of Sociology,Medicine and Public Health William Cockerham and Health Officer Marty Fenstersheib also identify how immigrants and individuals found in the lower class face more adversities and challenges when dealing with health ... More »

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Woudnesh Yilma
by Woudnesh Yilma - Sep. 24, 2012

Relating to professor Lehrman's question I believe that this health issue is more responsible due to the individual and the decisions they make. If these parents took the time despite there background to make a serious effort to buy healthier foods or encourage physical activity many of these latino and black children would not be facing such huge disparities. Living in Oakland I have witnessed such disparities first hand. For example, growing up I had many latino friends whose parents came from unfortunate backgrounds. Based off their parents attitudes towards foods and exercise the kids, my friends, attitudes towards those things were shaped. I think the author should more specific about what is happening in these schools and ... More »

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Elizabeth Ambriz-Mendez
by Elizabeth Ambriz-Mendez - Sep. 24, 2012

Gorman's article frames both institutions like schools (P6, S2) and society (P6, S1) for this disparity in health amongst children. Citing only a study and the study's lead researcher, Gorman failed to provide insight as to the cause of these behaviours that lead to the health problem. She did not sufficiently dig for the reason why schools are different or which policies ground people in certain situations.

It's as if some PR officer of the journal sent the study's bullet points to the writer and the writer did no more than to paraphrase and call it a day.

“Researchers also found that schools had a huge influence on children’s behavior, and that there were differences among schools even in the same ... More »

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Carlos Gomez
by Carlos Gomez - Sep. 24, 2012

The article states that Latino and black children were at a higher risk than white children for diabetes, heart problems, alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking. Gorman reports that a parent’s education and income along with the schools that a child attends, can all contribute to the child’s behavior. This article leaves the reader with the notion that three main factors can contribute to these findings but provides no concrete evidence to differentiate between the correlations of health disparities versus family income, education or a child’s school. Perhaps if Gorman provided statistical data from the study, the reader would have a better understanding on the extent to which these three factors contribute to the ... More »

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