Minority health disparities

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).

Diabetes Health Literacy Board Hopes to Close Patient Education Gaps

Poor literacy skills and diabetes have two things in common: They are reaching epidemic levels in the U.S. and they affect minority populations disproportionately. Put diabetes and low literacy together and the result is a recipe for disaster.

Immunization Disparities Gap Finally Starting to Close

The results of a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published earlier this year reveal that there may finally be some light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to reducing at least one key minority health disparity: higher rates of pneumonia and meningitis in African-American children than in their Caucasian counterparts.

Medication Compliance in the African American Patient with Hypertension

Medication Compliance in the African American Patient with Hypertension

Hypertension is a serious health problem affecting African Americans more frequently than other ethnic groups. Here, one nurse observes the reasoning behind patients' antihypertensive medication noncompliance and how to properly educate them.

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.

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.”

$24 Million Awarded to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

Because minority populations in the United States continue to endure health disparities compared to Caucasians—such as higher risks of high blood pressure, diabetes and certain forms of cancer—two agencies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are offering significant financial support to help close this gap.

ISHIB Offers Guidelines for Treating Hypertension in African Americans

According to the International Society on Hypertension in Blacks (ISHIB), African Americans are significantly more likely to die from high blood pressure than the general public. Yet until now, no clinical guidelines have been available to assist health care professionals in developing HBP treatment strategies targeted to the special needs of this vulnerable, high-risk population.

Multicultural Diabetes Prevention Campaign Offers Resources for Nurses

The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), a federally funded program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently created Small Steps, Big Rewards, billed as the first-ever national multicultural diabetes prevention campaign designed specifically to reach diverse populations that have the highest risk of developing the disease.

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"

Preventing Premature Birth Disparities--A Reader Responds

Preventing Premature Birth Disparities--A Reader Responds

In Fall 2009, we published "Preventing Premature Birth Disparities," an article examining the growing crisis of high preterm birth rates in women of color...

Minority Health for $200, Alex!

Minority Health for $200, Alex!

Are you a nursing educator who's looking for an interactive, engaging way to introduce your students to the issue of minority health disparities? Try the "virtual game show" So You Think You Know Minority Health?

White House, CDC Launch National AIDS Awareness Campaign

Act Against AIDS is a five-year national communication campaign targeted specifically to the minority populations most severely affected by AIDS disparities.

Fighting Tobacco Disparities in the Gay Community

Fighting Tobacco Disparities in the Gay Community

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons are 50% to 200% more likely to smoke than the rest of the population, according to the National LGBT Tobacco Control Network.

Better Bedroom Ventilation May Help Reduce SIDS Risk

Better Bedroom Ventilation May Help Reduce SIDS Risk

Nurses can help reduce this tragic disparity by educating minority parents, families and communities about proven “safe sleep” techniques for decreasing SIDS risk.

Asian American Women Missing Out on Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer Risk

Asian American Women Missing Out on Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer Risk

Despite advances in genetic testing, researchers from Stanford University say many Asian American women with BRCA mutations seem to be falling through the cracks.

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