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Policy Center Notes - APRIL 2013

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POLICY CENTER April - June 2013 Notes Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College HEALTH POLICY News Oceana Study Reveals Seafood Fraud Conservation group Oceana claims DNA testing found onethird of 1,215 samples analyzed nationwide were mislabeled, according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines. Seafood for markets, restaurants and sushi venues were swapped for cheaper, overfished, or riskyto-eat species. Full story: http:// publications/reports/oceanastudy-reveals-seafood-fraudnationwide Parents Struggle to Keep Kids Healthy During 'Crunch Time' A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation- NPR- Harvard School of Public Health poll reveals challenges for healthy eating during "crunch time"— between 3 p.m. and children's bedtime. The poll found 60 percent of children consume foods and drinks that can lead to unhealthy weight gain. Read more: research-publications/find-rwjfresearch/2013/02/draft--a-pollabout-children-and-weight.html Taylor Hargrove and Courtney Thomas SCHOLAR Spotlight RWJF Fellows Address Health Inequalities Among Blacks African Americans—particularly pregnant women and those with mental health problems—cope with stressful events differently than whites, sometimes contributing to poor health associated with social and demographic factors. For Taylor Hargrove and Courtney Thomas, mental and maternal health among blacks are significant issues in understanding racial impact on overall health. As RWJF Health Policy Fellows in sociology at Vanderbilt University, Hargrove and Thomas are presenting papers on these issues at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America (PAA), April 11-13 in New Orleans. In "Does It Work?: Examining the Utility of the Stress Process Model for Explaining Variations in Mental Health Among African-American Young Adults," Hargrove aims to determine whether the stress process model—a prominent theoretical model in sociology for understanding social differences in mental health—can accurately explain and predict depressive symptoms among African Americans both at one point and over time. Hargrove says mental health affects many facets of life— physical health, happiness, quality of life, and social mobility. "It is pertinent such inequalities be not only diminished, but eliminated." CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 1

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