Minority health disparities

Cultural Competence to Become Part of Hospital Accreditation Process

Cultural Competence to Become Part of Hospital Accreditation Process

The Joint Commission is working to develop the first-ever accreditation standards for the provision of culturally competent patient-centered care.

UF College of Nursing Receives Over $1 Million for Minority Health Research

The University of Florida (UF) College of Nursing in Gainesville found itself $1,531,000 richer this year after receiving three separate grants to pursue research in cancer, asthma, infant mortality and other health problems that disproportionately affect minorities.

Cultural Proficiency the Answer to Mental Health Disparities, Surgeon General Reports

America’s racial and ethnic minority groups face major disparities when it comes to accessing quality mental health services, according to a recent report by the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. David Satcher.

Landmark Human Genomics Study Seeks Genetic Causes of Diabetes

Several recent articles in Minority Nurse have examined how the emerging field of health care genetics and genomics has begun to revolutionize the way researchers and clinicians are working to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes.

Minority, Majority Physicians Launch Health Disparities Initiatives

Although the average physician might disagree, some nursing leaders have expressed the opinion that nurses may be way ahead of doctors when it comes to addressing the issue of racial and ethnic health disparities.

Skin Color Contributes to Clinical and Justice Disparities for Black Rape Victims

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing suggests that rape victims with dark skin are less likely to have their physical injuries detected, treated and documented as evidence by the sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) or other health care professionals who examine them.

Nurses and Community Clinics

Carmen Lopez, R.N., Angela Hernandez, R.N., and Terry Frizzell, R.N.

Community and public health nursing draws upon the very foundations of the profession: promoting preventive health care and serving the underserved. With the passage of health care reform, community clinics have seen increases across the board—including a growing need for nurses. Here we explore what working in one of these facilities is like and why they are so crucial to improving health care services and access for all.

Using Evidence-Based Practice to Improve Minority Health Outcomes

Using Evidence-Based Practice to Improve Minority Health Outcomes

With its emphasis on providing patients with the best possible care based on current best evidence from clinical research, evidence-based practice can be a powerful tool for closing the gap of racial and ethnic health disparities.

Bringing Equal Health Outcomes within REACH

From Cambodian communities in New England to Indian tribes in Oklahoma, the REACH 2010 program is helping nurses make a major difference in improving the health of underserved populations.

A Cause for Celebration

The 10th anniversary of Howard University’s Mary Elizabeth Carnegie Research Conference was a truly special occasion celebrating the past, present and future of leadership in health disparities research

What Color Is Your Pain?

By using interventions that help overcome cultural and communication barriers, nurses can play a crucial role in helping minority patients move from pain management disparities to parity

Star Power

Whether they’re identifying barriers to mental health care or developing interventions for preventing cancer, AIDS and heart disease, these Emerging Nursing Stars in Health Disparities Research are helping to create a healthier future for Americans of color

Nurses With Borders

Culturally and linguistically competent Hispanic nurses can play a key role in reducing the serious health disparities faced by U.S.-Mexican border populations.

At a Loss for Words

For many minority patients, the inability to read and understand basic health care information--both written and verbal--can greatly contribute to the problem of unequal health outcomes. Here’s what nurses can do to help close the health literacy gap.

Closing the Gap

What’s being done with the increased federal funding for programs designed to eliminate minority health disparities—and where do minority nurses fit into the picture?

Toxic Avengers

For years, disadvantaged neighborhoods have been unfairly singled out as targets for corporate polluting. Now minority environmental health nurses are helping these communities fight back.

Closing the Cancer Gap

By choosing careers in oncology nursing, nurses of color can not only help fill an urgent staffing need but also play a key role in addressing one of the nation’s most serious minority health disparities.

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.

Health Disparities Research, Caribbean Style

With the support of a landmark federal grant, nurses at the University of the Virgin Islands are gearing up to confront this U.S. territory’s unique health disparities challenges


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