Health disparities

Letter to the Editor: Let's Mark National Minority Health Month

Letter to Editor

As you know, April is National Minority Health Month, our opportunity to increase public awareness of the health disparities that unfortunately still impact ethnic and minority groups in the American population. Because the theme this year is "Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity," nurses are perfectly poised to take up the banner for highlighting the role of prevention in closing the health disparities gap.

New Standards Will Help Organizations Improve Quality of Care and Reduce Health Disparities

Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care—a blueprint to help organizations improve health care quality in serving our nation’s diverse communities.

Genetic research gets a $6.5 million boost

Genetic research gets a $6.5 million boost

The funding underwrites research regarding the relationship between genetics and aggressive prostate cancer in African Americans, the connection between viruses and cervical cancer, and the role of genes in asthma and obesity among children.

Understanding health disparities in Indiana

When discussing economic disparities, urban centers often come to mind, and rightfully so, as a greater concentration of people tends to yield more socioeconomic disparities.

Minority pregnant women with HIV go untreated for depression

A study conducted by the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy found that 28% of low-income pregnant women with HIV are depressed but do not receive adequate treatment.

Study shows minority women more likely to die during or soon after childbirth

Study shows minority women more likely to die during or soon after childbirth

A recent study hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that minority women in the United States are more likely to die during or soon after childbirth than white women.

California hospital ER overcrowding affects area minorities

A University of California, San Francisco study found that California hospitals in areas with large minority populations are more likely to be overcrowded and divert ambulances, delaying timely emergency care.

Correctional Facility Nursing

Correctional Facility Nursing

A misunderstood and little-known nursing specialty that can offer surprising opportunities to give back while also growing in the profession

Racial and Ethnic Disparity in Diabetes Care

Racial and  Ethnic Disparity in Diabetes Care

Minority Americans pay a staggering price for disparities in diabetes care. There are as many reasons for these disparities as there are effects stemming from unequal treatment. Here, one researcher discusses the issue, including pertinent economic data, policy issues, the ethical issues at stake—and the relevance to the nursing profession.

Hispanic Health Information Is Just a Phone Call Away

Hispanics continue to face substantial health disparities, including underinsurance, a lack of linguistically and culturally competent health care providers, and disproportionately high rates of serious chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, cancer and HIV/AIDS.

Lieberman Introduces Incentive-Based Health Disparities Legislation

FairCare, an initiative of Senator Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), calls for the medical community to establish quantifiable standards of treatment for all patients, to help ensure fairness and consistency of care. But even more important, FairCare would offer financial incentives to providers who show a commitment to leveling the health care playing field.

Is Healthy People 2010 Ignoring Hispanics?

The ambitious goal of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’ Healthy People 2010 program is to ensure good health and long life for all Americans...

Minority Children’s Health Gets Poor Report Card

In the year 2000, 86% of Caucasian children in the U.S. were reported by their parents to be in excellent or very good health, compared to only 75% of Hispanic children and 74% of African-American children.

African Americans Missing Out on Stroke Treatment

African-American men and women, who are at a greater risk for strokes and are more likely to die from them than any other racial or ethnic group, face a racial gap in receiving new stroke treatments, according to studies by the American Heart Association.

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