Minority health disparities

Health Disparities Spotlighted in April

As health professionals, nurses are well aware of health disparities in communities of color. Some patients will live shorter life spans simply because of their race, ethnicity, education or income.

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.

Beating Diabetes

Beating Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) released new data regarding the mortality rate for those living with Type 1 Diabetes.

A foundation for future growth

A foundation for future growth

In an effort to combat the major health issues plaguing American Indians, the University of Kansas Medical Center and the American Indian Health Research and Education Alliance announced plans to create a Center for American Indian Community Health.

New federal grants help minority infants in Utah

New federal grants help minority infants in Utah

Every newborn enters the world with the unlimited promise and potential of a life yet to be lived. However, alarming research conducted in Utah has revealed that all babies may not have the same chances, particularly those born to African Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Saving nursing homes

Saving nursing homes

As aging is inevitable, the need for specialized care also becomes inevitable. But what can you do if your access to quality elderly care is severely limited? Unfortunately, this is the case for many urban communities.

Kidney transplants: does ethnicity affect patients' chances?

Kidney transplants: does ethnicity affect patients' chances?

According to a recent study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN), some ethnic groups can be found at the bottom, or missing, from waitlists for kidney transplants.

Ethnicity and health outcomes

Ethnicity and health outcomes

In one of the first studies of its kind, researchers at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health have illustrated how physical health outcomes within the black population vary based on environment.

Lunchbox heroes: they don't want candy

As a partnership between the Healthy Schools Campaign, Chicago Public Schools, the Office of Minority Health, and the U.S.

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.

Sickle cell, silent strokes, and galvanizing nurses

Sickle cell, silent strokes, and galvanizing nurses

Some children already suffering sickle cell disease may find themselves at risk for yet another malady: "silent strokes." Researchers found those children with a combination of sickle cell, high blood pressure, and the anemia inherent with sickle cell were more vulnerable to this dangerous, sympt

African American patients exhibit higher COPD readmission rates

When patients leave a health care facility, everyone hopes it will be for the last time, as they go on to lead a healthy life. But for some African Americans with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), their return visits might necessitate a revolving door.

Study finds black youth in California targeted by tobacco marketing

Academic researchers, funded by California's Tobacco Related Disease Research Program, found a greater number of menthol cigarette advertising at retailers near high schools with a high African American student population.

More Awareness of Sarcoidosis Disparities Needed

If you were asked to name a chronic disease that affects African Americans disproportionately compared to whites, sarcoidosis would probably not be the first name to spring to mind.

Study Finds High Rates of Eye Diseases in Latinos

A groundbreaking epidemiological study of eye disease and visual impairment among Latinos living in the U.S. has turned out to be eye-opening in more ways than one.

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.

DaimlerChrysler Donates Safety Seats to Save Minority Kids’ Lives

Each year, thousands of children in the U.S. are killed or injured in car accidents because they were not riding in child safety seats or because the seats were not installed properly - and a disproportionate amount of those children are African American or Hispanic.

“Clair Huxtable” Helps Raise Awareness of the Link Between Heart Disease and Diabetes

Former President Bill Clinton's initiative to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health categorizes cardiovascular disease and diabetes as two separate health issues. Yet the connection between these two conditions is so strong that it is virtually impossible to tackle one without also addressing the other.

All Aboard for Cardiovascular Research TRAINing

Culturally sensitive nurse researchers investigate the causes of unequal heart disease outcomes between Caucasian Americans and the nation’s rapidly growing minority populations.

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