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FDA Approves Folic Acid Fortification of Corn Masa Flour

Categories: Births/Deaths,Food/Nutrition,Headlines,Health/Medical,Hispanics,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm496104.htm

Press release on federal approval of fortifying corn flour with 0.7 milligrams of folic acid per pound of corn masa flour.  Folic acid helps prevent birth defects affecting the brain, spine, and spinal cord.  The change is expected to help Hispanics for whom corn masa flour is a staple food.  From the Food and Drug Administration

 

Number of Minority- and Women-Owned Firms Each Increase by More than 2 Million Nationally

Categories: African Americans,Asian Americans,Business/Economics,Hispanics,Native Americans,Statistics,Women

http://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2015/cb15-209.html

Los Angeles County led the nation in the number of Hispanic-, Asian-, and American Indian and Alaska Native-owned firms in 2012 and ranked second in the number of African American-owned firms. Shows an overall rise of minority-owned firms from 5.8 million in 2007 to 8.0 million in 2012. From the Census Bureau

 

How Does Cause of Death Contribute to the Hispanic Mortality Advantage in the United States?

Categories: Births/Deaths,Health/Medical,Hispanics,Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db221.pdf

In 2013 life expectancy at birth for Hispanic males was greater than for non-Hispanic whites or blacks. This report traces the differences to lower death rates from cancer, heart disease, respiratory diseases, stroke and diabetes for Hispanic males. Similar patterns were found for Hispanic females. From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

Reported Child Health Status, Hispanic Ethnicity, and Language of Interview: United States, 2011-2012

Categories: African Americans,Children,Health/Medical,Hispanics,Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr082.pdf

Looks at the health status of four subgroups of school-age children: Hispanic with an English interview, Hispanic with a Spanish interview, and non-Hispanic black and white chidren. Tries to determine if characteristics of children account for subgroup variations in reported health status. From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

2014 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report: Chartbook on Care Coordination

Categories: African Americans,Health/Medical,Hispanics,Income/Poverty,Native Americans,Statistics

http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/2014chartbooks/carecoordination/2014nhqdr-care.pdf

One of the supporting reports associated with the annual National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, which reports on disparities in health care experienced by different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.  This chartbook includes a summary of trends across measures of care coordination from the QDR.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 

Who Votes? Congressional Elections and the American Electorate: 1978-2014

Categories: African Americans,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Hispanics,Population/Census,Statistics

http://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2015/demo/p20-577.pdf

The 2014 congressional election turnout rate of 41.9% was the lowest since federal record keeping began tracking voting and citizenship status in 1978.  This report examines voting patterns by age, race, and Hispanic origin and includes a look at early and absentee voting.  From the Census Bureau

 

A Matter of Equity: Preschool in America

Categories: African Americans,Children,Education,Hispanics,Income/Poverty

http://www2.ed.gov/documents/early-learning/matter-equity-preschool-america.pdf

Outlines the unmet need for high-quality early learning programs in the U.S.  Calls for new investment in preschool programs to help minority and low-income children.  From the U.S. Department of Education

 

Final Interagency Policy Statement Establishing Joint Standards for Assessing the Diversity Policies and Practices of Entities Regulated by the Agencies

Categories: African Americans,Financial Crisis/Markets,Hispanics,Laws/Regulations,Women

https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/06/10/2015-14126/joint-standards-for-assessing-the-diversity-policies-and-practices-of-entities-regulated-by-the

Announces proposed policy for diversity involving women and minorities in management, employment, and business practices.  The statement covers financial agencies regulated by the Dodd-Frank act.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

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