Health policy

Better smiles for better health

Better smiles for better health

In recent years, the relationship between oral health and overall wellness has teetered on the edge of public awareness. Now, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is launching an initiative aimed at making it a top priority.

Health Care Reform One Year Later

Health Care Reform One Year Later

President Obama signed the historic Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010, and its first changes went into effect on July 1 of the same year. But signing that bill was just the beginning of a passionate national health care debate.

Hospitals promise apologies

It is ethically right for doctors to report their medical mistakes, but they are often hesitant to do so in fear of lawsuits.

Fighting the Meth Addiction Epidemic in Indian Country

Although methamphetamine abuse is a relatively new phenomenon in American Indian communities, it is quickly reaching crisis proportions. Here’s how nurses are helping patients and tribes find solutions to this devastating problem.

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.

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.

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

Are NCLEX® Testing Policies Culturally Insensitive?

A Muslim nurse’s experience of bias while taking the boards underscores the need for test center regulations that acknowledge and respect candidates’ cultural differences

Boomer in Chief

Boomer in Chief

As the first Asian American president of AARP, Jennie Chin Hansen, RN, MS, FAAN, brings a unique combination of nursing expertise, advocacy and cultural competence to the national dialogue on ensuring quality health care for older Americans.

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.

What Works Best

What Works Best

Comparative effectiveness research (CER) is the most recent tool the federal government has added to its arsenal of strategies for eliminating minority health disparities. The question is:
Can it deliver?

Looking for Black Nurses Leaders: A Call to Action

Looking for Black Nurses Leaders: A Call to Action

The nurses who authored Advancing the Dream through Faculty Diversity and this article, each reached out to Minority Nurse in search of a place to share their experiences as nurses, as African Americans. From different areas of the country and different professional backgrounds, never knowing one another, they both submitted abstracts that put forth the same beliefs and arguments, grounded in a desire to improve diversity in the workplace as a means to improve the quality of life in the black community.

Putting Minority Health into Health Reform

Putting Minority Health into Health Reform

Ask the average American on the street what President Barack Obama’s health care reform plan is all about and he or she will probably start talking about insurance—and more specifically, the controversial proposal known as the “public health insurance option.” After all, everyo

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