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Minorities Much Less Likely to Access Mental Health Care, State Data Suggests
Jul 30, 2018 - Highlights California state data that indicates that white Medi-Cal enrollees are more likely to access mental health services than other racial/ethnic groups. Although the data has not been analyzed to determine whether a statistically significant disparity exists, there are concerns that this indicates a lack of access or a greater need for outreach and culturally competent services.
Source: California Institute for Rural Studies
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'People Are Literally Being Poisoned': How Sewage Problems in Alabama Got So Bad -- and Why Other States Should Worry
Jul 17, 2018 - Discusses the lack of waste disposal infrastructure in Alabama and the discovery that a number of rural residents whose homes are not attached to municipal sewer systems may have tropical diseases. Touches on the barriers to addressing the infrastructure problem, including problems faced by people who do have septic systems or who are attached to the sewer system. Also references other places with similar problems related to waste disposal infrastructure, including Native American reservations, where fewer than half of homes are connected to sewers. What these areas have in common is that they tend to already be poor and populated by members of marginalized groups.
Source: Governing
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