Health disparities

New Co-Pay Assistance Program Helps Fight Blood Cancer Disparities

New Co-Pay Assistance Program Helps Fight Blood Cancer Disparities

Because blood cancer medicines are expensive, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has launched a new program to help myeloma patients who are having trouble affording their prescriptions

College peer educators fighting the infant mortality battle

College peer educators fighting the infant mortality battle

Last issue, Minority Nurse addressed infant mortality in minority communities, discussing some of the disparities, research, and solutions surrounding the issue. This piece was submitted as a supplement to "A Quiet Crisis: Racial Disparities and Infant Mortality"

Health Disparities Research, Caribbean Style

With the support of a landmark federal grant, nurses at the University of the Virgin Islands are gearing up to confront this U.S. territory’s unique health disparities challenges

Trying to Breathe Easy

Trying to Breathe Easy

For those children and families living in homeless shelters, dealing with chronic diseases like asthma is doubly difficult. Now researchers from Mercy College School of Nursing are looking for ways to alleviate their symptoms.

Providing Culturally Competent Sickle Cell Care

Providing Culturally Competent Sickle Cell Care

By serving as patient advocates, educating their peers and breaking down cultural barriers, nurses can help sickle cell disease patients overcome pain management disparities and receive more equitable care.

Taking the Initiative

By breaking down cultural barriers to health care and providing preventive education, nurses of color are helping to close minority health disparity gaps one patient at a time.

Star Power

Whether they’re identifying barriers to mental health care or developing interventions for preventing cancer, AIDS and heart disease, these Emerging Nursing Stars in Health Disparities Research are helping to create a healthier future for Americans of color

Get All the Facts About the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities

The National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) is a division of the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NCMHD was established by the United States Congress through the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education Act of 2000 to promote equality in health outcomes for all citizens through research and education.

The Power of Partnerships

Two nursing schools’ collaborative project to cultivate the next generation of minority nurse scientists has become a highly praised national model for researching solutions to health disparities

Teaching Nursing Students About Minority Health Disparities

When your students graduate and go out into the world, will they be ready, willing and able to join the fight against racial and ethnic health inequities? Here’s what some nursing educators are doing to make sure their students are prepared.


An innovative new program in Columbus, Ohio, is focusing aggressively on eliminating racial and ethnic cancer disparities--with a special emphasis on increasing minority patients’ participation in clinical trials

Closing the Cardiovascular Disease Gap

Experts agree that culturally competent preventive education can play a key role in reducing CVD disparities in minority communities. And who better to provide that education than nurses?

Majoring in Minority Health

Not so long ago, topics like minority health disparities and serving the needs of diverse patient populations were rarely taught in nursing classrooms. Today, a growing number of nursing schools are not only incorporating minority health into their curricula, they’re building whole degree programs around it.

Putting Minority Health into Health Reform

Health reform efforts must focus not just on insurance coverage but on closing the gap of unequal health outcomes between Americans of color and their white counterparts.

Preventing Premature Birth Disparities

Preventing Premature Birth Disparities

How nurses can address the growing crisis of high preterm birth rates in minority women and help give infants of all colors an equal chance for a healthy start in life


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