NIMHD in the News - 2014

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Petersburg WE Project presents 'Changes & Choices'

November 17, 2014 - More than 200 Petersburg residents recently attended a musical that was educational as well as entertaining. The play explored topics like healthy eating habits and the misconceptions about living a healthy lifestyle.

Minority health leader to present health equity intervention research grand rounds

August 1, 2014 - National minority health leader Roderick King, MD, MPH, chair of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health’s Advisory Committee on Minority Health, will headline the annual Health Equity Scholars Program (HESP) seminar at UMass Medical School on Tuesday, August 12th.

Low-income students in high-performing high schools less likely to engage in risky behaviors

July 21, 2014 - Low-income minority adolescents who were admitted to high-performing public charter high schools in Los Angeles were significantly less likely to engage in risky health behaviors than their peers who were not admitted to those schools, according to a new UCLA-led study.

Prescription Drugs News: Study Finds Latino Seniors Are Less Likely to Have Prescription Drug Coverage Than White Seniors

May 27, 2014 - Latino senior citizens are 35 percent less likely to have prescription drug coverage than white citizens, according to a study released in the Health Affairs journal by University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

$14.4 million grant to UTEP for biomedical research

May 23, 2014 - The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $14.4 million grant to The University of Texas at El Paso’s Border Biomedical Research Center. The money will be divided over 5 years.

Lower Hispanic Participation in Medicare Drug Benefit May Point to Barriers

May 6, 2014 - Hispanic seniors are 35 percent less likely to have prescription drug coverage despite the existence of the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan and the availability of assistance to help pay insurance premiums, according to recent study released in the Health Affairs journal.

Pitt-Led Study Shows Lifestyle Interventions can Prevent Major Depression in Older Black and White Adults with Mild Symptoms

March 20, 2014 Discussions with a dietary coach to learn about healthy eating were as effective as meeting with a counselor for problem-solving or “talk” therapy in preventing major depression among older black and white adults with mild symptoms of the mood disorder, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Maryland.

Adult Health Improved by Early Childhood Programs

April 7, 2014 - An early childhood program—already shown to bring higher academic achievement and career benefits—can also help prevent disease later in life, according to new findings.