July 2015 National REACH Coalition Newsletter
"Advancing Racial and Ethnic Health Equity"

Summer Sun Safety 
How Sun Exposure Place Minorities at Risk for Skin Cancer

The month of July calls for summer vacations and holiday cookouts for thousands of families across the country.  Outdoor activities enjoying the sun-filled weather becomes the usual choice of fun for adults and children. July is National UV Month, which is an important time of year for everyone, particularly men and women of color, to protect their skin from sun exposure that can in fact lead to the harmful effects of skin cancer. 

African Americans may not be as careful with sun safety habits as others, believing that the melanin in their darker skin is protecting them from skin cancer. While skin cancer is less common in people with a darker complexion, people of color are still at some risk for the disease. Unfortunately, African Americans are often diagnosed at an advanced stage, when there is less chance for a cure. If you’ve been under the impression that brown skin is like a shield of armor protecting you against the dangerous UV rays of the sun, you’re not the only one.

The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that skin cancer rates among Hispanics are skyrocketing in the US. New research shows that in the past two decades alone, melanoma incidence among Hispanics has risen almost 20 percent.

Hispanics are the fastest-growing population in the U.S., with a 43 percent increase in their numbers from 2000 to 2010. It is estimated that by 2050, the Hispanic population will exceed 100 million, representing more than 24 percent of the total population. Unfortunately, as the number of Hispanics living in the U.S. has risen, so have their instances of skin cancer: From 1992 to 2008, their annual melanoma incidence increased by 19 percent. Too little use of sun safety techniques (such as seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, and using sunscreen) may have contributed to this rapid rise in melanoma and other skin cancers among Hispanics.

"More awareness about skin cancer is needed for minorities because they believe they are at low risk of developing it," says Henry Ford Hospital dermatologist Diane Jackson-Richards, M.D.

The good news? Skin cancer can be prevented with the proper care and caution against sun exposure. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to decrease the risk of the development of skin cancer.

The National REACH Coalition wishes you and your family a safe and healthy summer 2015.
NRC Mission:
To Increase the capacity of underserved racial and ethnic communities across the U.S. to achieve health equity.

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The National REACH Coalition (NRC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, located in Washington D.C., that is committed to the elimination of health disparities and the achievement of health equity among racial and ethnic minorities.

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This NRC Newsletter Edition Features Stories On:

Summer Sun Safety

Summer Do's and Don'ts

King v Burwell

Request for Publications

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Summer Fitness Do's and Don'ts 


Summer is here, which means families will spend more time outdoors. During these months the sun’s rays tend to be extremely strong, making proper sun protection essential. Exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays increases the risk of skin cancer, which can be dangerous and even deadly.

The NRC shares helpful tips from 
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center to keep families happy and healthy during the summer months:
  • Avoid the sun especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when ultraviolet rays are the strongest.
  • Protect your skin even on cloudy days. Avoid surfaces that reflect light such as water, sand, concrete and snow.
  • Wear loose-fitting long-sleeved shirts and pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  • Use sunscreens that block both UVA and UVB, usually labeled as broad spectrum. Look for a sun protection factor of 30 or higher and are water resistant.



King v Burwell

On June 25th, in a 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that provides health insurance subsidies to low and moderate-income Americans. The ruling ensures that approximately 6.4 million people nationwide will continue to receive subsidies.

The court was tasked with interpreting a provision of the ACA authorizing tax credits for those who purchase health insurance through exchanges “established by the state.” The Obama Administration interpreted the provision to authorize subsidies both in states that operate their own exchanges, and the 34 states that rely on the federal government to run their exchange.

Opponents of the ACA challenged the administration’s ruling, arguing that a plain text reading does not permit subsidies in states with exchanges operated by the federal government. A legal victory for the plaintiffs would have eliminated current subsidies for 6.4 million people.

Instead, the Supreme Court sided with the administration, preserving existing subsidies nationwide.  In an opinion authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, the majority of justices held that the “context and structure of the act” authorized subsidies in states with federally operated exchanges.

Read more about this decision, here!

Help Build Resources for Health Equity

NRC's website provides a resource center that includes publications, articles and reports highlighting the outcomes and achievements of community led initiatives addressing racial and ethnic health disparities, developed and implemented by network partners.

You can help us continue to build the NRC Resource Center by sharing your publications, white papers, and journal articles to highlight your work.
Please feel free to submit any publication, article or report to
info@reachcoalition.org, to be uploaded to the website.

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The Health Equity Leadership Exchange Network (HELEN) is a collaborative effort between the National REACH Coalition, Morehouse School of Medicine and the National Collaborative for Health Equity.

HELEN is a national network designed to support and strengthen health equity leadership and the exchange of ideas and information relative to the advancement of health equity in laws, policies, and programs. The HELEN forum connects health equity champions, provide timely and essential data that informs strategies and approaches at the local, state, regional and national level.

HELEN utilizes social media, webinars, conferences, and events to empower individuals, organizations and communities that play a significant role in the development of health equity laws, policies and programs.
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