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Today’s roundup of news stories related to health disparities, health care, health issues, direct service, social justice, animal welfare, environmentalism… basically, all things Schweitzer:

  • The Gulf Coast oil spill’s impact isn’t just environmental and economic: the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is calling on BP to provide $10 million to cover mental health services for those whose livelihood — and lives — have been affected (CNN Newsroom)
  • The 2010 obesity report from the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation delivers some sobering statistics on the issue, including the fact that “adult obesity rates for African-Americans and Latinos are higher than obesity rates for whites in at least 40 states and the District of Columbia.” Indeed, “troubling disparities exist based on race, ethnicity, region, and income,” says TFAH executive director Jeffrey Levi, PhD. (WebMD)
  • The newest installment in the American Lung Association’s Disparities in Lung Health series focuses on disproportionately high tobacco use in the LGBT community. “Understanding and eliminating this disparity will take a concerted group effort from the healthcare industry, governments, LGBT advocacy organizations and individuals,” says American Lung Association President and CEO Charles D. Connor. (PR Newswire)
  • A new study just published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention finds that “the most effective way to increase mammography screening among hard-to-reach, low-income, insured women is a stepwise intervention method or counseling program.” (HealthImaging.com)
  • Rich McPherson, the first Schweitzer Fellow from Wake Forest School of Law, spent his initial Fellowship year working to empower children caught in high-conflict custody cases. “Some attorneys do a little bit of this, a little bit of that as their pro bono,” McPherson says. “But what I want to focus on is helping kids.” (Wake Forest University School of Law News)