Minority Health

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.

Get all the facts about the Minority Health Professions Foundation

One of the Alliance's missions is to raise 'cultural proficiency' among providers. What does the term mean and why is it significant in the medical treatment of Hispanics?

Where There’s Smoke

Individually and collectively, nurses can play a unique leadership role in reducing tobacco use in minority communities. Here’s how you can get involved.

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.

Careers in Rural Minority Health

Careers in Rural Minority Health

From the Mississippi Delta to remote Indian reservations, rural communities of color are among the most medically underserved in the nation--and the need for more nurses is especially acute

Fighting Childhood Obesity in Minority Communities

The obesity epidemic in children is reaching such crisis proportions that this generation has been labeled "Generation O"--and minority kids are at especially high risk.


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

Sisterhood Is Powerful

The Sister Study, a landmark national study investigating the causes of breast cancer, wants to recruit as racially and ethnically diverse a participant sample as possible. Here’s how nurses can help spread the word.

Till Death Do Us Part

Compared to their white counterparts, terminally ill Americans of color are much less likely to receive the comfort of hospice care as they near the end of life. By choosing careers in hospice and palliative nursing, minority nurses can play a key role in helping to bridge this gap.

The Color of Hope

The Color of Hope

Suicide rates in minority communities are reaching epidemic proportions, especially among the younger generation. Here’s how nurses can make an impact in reversing this tragic trend.

Culturally Competent Disaster Nursing

Lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina underscore the need for post-disaster nursing care that is more sensitive to the cultural needs of communities of color

Culture Is Skin Deep

Why the specialty of dermatology nursing needs more minority nurses who are attuned to the special skin health needs of people of color

Creating a Sacred Space

Nurses who work with minority populations must learn to balance technology with spirituality.

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.

Preventing Pressure Ulcers in Spinal Cord Patients

Preventing Pressure Ulcers in Spinal Cord Patients

How to reduce complications, improve patient outcomes, and shorten hospital stays when treating those with spinal pressure ulcers.


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