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How Do We Address Health Disparities For Men And Boys Of Color?

Jan 22, 2019

Black and Hispanic men and boys in the U.S. experience worse health outcomes than other groups. This hour we take a look at Connecticut’s first-ever report card on the health of men and boys of color in our state.

Later, a new report from Connecticut’s Child Advocate has found the state’s juvenile facilities do not have proper standards to protect incarcerated youths with serious mental health issues like suicidal behavior.

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GUESTS:

  • Dr. Wizdom Powell - Director of the Health Disparities Institute and associate professor of Psychiatry at UConn Health
  • Joseph Bumpers - Community School Director at West Middle Community School for Boys & Girls Club of Hartford
  • Sarah Eagan - Child Advocate for the state of Connecticut

READING LIST:

UConn Health: The CT Report Card on Health Equity Among Boys and Men of Color – “The UConn Health Disparities Institute has developed the first Connecticut Report Card on Health Equity among BMoC to monitor key health outcomes across nine multisector indicators of health and well-being, life expectancy and mortality rates.”

CTMirror: Scathing report on conditions for imprisoned youth (January 2019) – “The child advocate’s office found that incarcerated youths, particularly boys who have complex needs and are imprisoned in the adult correctional system, are the most likely to lose meaningful access to education, rehabilitative services and visits with family, and are more likely to be placed in isolation. In some cases, the report said, the conditions for youth may violate state and federal law.”

Chion Wolf contributed to this show.