Minority Health

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.

Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day Targets African Americans

Physicians across the nation can expect to be busier than usual this fall, thanks to a new health promotion campaign launched by the federal Office of Minority Health (OMH).

Lupus a Growing Threat for Minority Women

While efforts to close racial and ethnic health gaps in such areas as cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and cardiovascular disease are frequently in the national spotlight, lupus is one minority health disparity that has received relatively little attention.

When Johnny’s Mom Can’t Read: UAB Nursing Program Aids Low-Literacy Parents

C. Alicia Georges, RN, EdD, FAAN, president of the National Black Nurses Foundation, reported that lack of health literacy has been identified as “a significant barrier to closing the disparity gap between ethnic people of color and the general population.”

Federal Community Grants Program Takes “Steps” to Improve Minority Health

In June 2001, President Bush launched the HealthierUS Initiative to help improve the health and wellness of all Americans by focusing on four key areas: physical activity, preventive screenings, balanced nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices (such as quitting smoking). Since then, the U.S.

"Patient Navigators" Help Increase Colon Cancer Screening Rates

In New York City, an innovative community-based cancer prevention initiative that utilizes bilingual "patient navigators" to guide participants through the process of receiving a colonoscopy is achieving remarkable results in increasing rates of colon cancer screening and early detection among the city’s minority populations.

Posters and Buttons Promote Multicultural Dialogue About Domestic Violence

Innovative posters and buttons designed to foster dialogue about domestic violence between victims and health care providers are now being distributed to clinics throughout California.

CDC Examines STD Health Disparities

A recent study on sexual transmitted disease (STD) trends in the United States, “Tracking the Hidden Epidemics” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), examines the magnitude of STD epidemics by race and ethnicity.

Organizations Unite to Increase Seat Belt Use Among African Americans

In a keynote address delivered to a recent meeting of the Blue Ribbon Panel to Increase Seat Belt Use Among African Americans, U.S. Congressman John Conyers (D-Mich.) informed the panel that the seat belt campaign was vitally important, not only as a safety issue but also as a health initiative nationwide.

Obama Economic Stimulus Program Includes Minority Health Provisions

During all the recent discussion and debate over President Barack Obama’s $787 billion economic stimulus package, we’re heard plenty of talk about things like shovel-ready projects, rebuilding crumbling infrastructure and green energy jobs. But what about nurse-ready projects?

Participate in eMAPA Research Study

Eun-Ok Im, PhD, MPH, RN, CNS, FAAN, School of Nursing, The University of Texas at Austin, and her colleagues are conducting a study to explore ethnic differences in midlife women's attitudes toward physical activity.

New Year, New Resources

New Year, New Resources

What better way to start 2010 than by resolving to stock your nursing toolbox with a new supply of resources for improving the health of culturally diverse patients and communities

Different Attitudes Toward Breastfeeding Linked to Race

Different Attitudes Toward Breastfeeding Linked to Race

Why are black women more likely to feed their infants formula than mothers of other races? That's what a recent study from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center hopes to determine.

PSA: Nursing and self-care

Nurses spend their lives caring for others; in fact, they devote so much time to their patients (and families and loved ones) that they often push aside their own needs. To be sure, this selflessness is an honorable, admirable thing, but it can also lead to personal and professional burnout.

Minority Men’s Health Disparities Reaching Crisis Proportions

When it comes to health, American men who are non-white and poor are suffering from such a disproportionate burden of serious health problems compared to white males that some public health leaders believe the situa-tion has become a national crisis that will continue to worsen unless urgent interventions are made.

Two New Studies Paint Bleak Picture of Minority Health in America

Nurses who are familiar with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ national initiative to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health by 2010 are already well aware that accomplishing these goals will be no small task. Now two groundbreaking new reports on...

Public Works

Careers in public health nursing offer minority nurses a unique opportunity to make a difference in a really big way—by improving the health of entire communities

Divine Inspiration

Many minority nurses are concerned about making health care education more accessible to low-income students. But how many nurses actually start their own college? Linda Smith did--with a little help from above.

One Name, Many Faces

After years of viewing them as a single homogenous group, the health care profession is finally taking a look at the differences between the various Asian American/Pacific Islander populations


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