Vital Signs

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.

First American Indian Nurse Named to Nursing Hall of Fame

On July 1, Susie Walking Bear Yellowtail, RN (1903-1981) became the first American Indian nurse to be inducted into the American Nursing Association’s prestigious Hall of Fame.

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.

NCEMNA Receives Major Federal Grant to Develop Minority Nurse Scientists

Because America urgently needs more minority nurse researchers who can investigate the causes of racial and ethnic health disparities and test preventive interventions, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a $2.4 million grant to the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Asso

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).

Strategic Plan for Nursing’s Future Includes Diversity on its Agenda

With America’s severe nursing shortage predicted to reach emergency levels by 2010, a national coalition of nursing leaders has united to launch a sweeping strategic action plan for ensuring the profession’s future 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.

Is Healthy People 2010 Ignoring Hispanics?

The ambitious goal of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’ Healthy People 2010 program is to ensure good health and long life for all Americans...

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Rural Minority Health (But Couldn’t Find Information On)

When it comes to accessibility and quality of health care, people of color who live in remote rural areas are one of the most severely underserved populations in America.

D is for Diabetes--and Disparities

Diabetes is the focus of another recently released major study on the health status of women in the United States.

Women of Color Face Wide Range of Unequal Health Outcomes

Women of color account for approximately one-third of all adult women in the U.S. Yet compared to women who are members of the white majority, minority women continue to bear a disproportionate burden of morbidity and mortality from a wide range of health problems--from heart disease, lung cancer, breast cancer and HIV/AIDS to suicide and lack of adequate medical insurance.

Burnes Bolton Appointed to Federal Nursing Advisory Council

Under former President Bill Clinton’s administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) set a pattern of tapping minority nurses to serve in key health care policy-making roles. Among them were Beverly Malone, RN, PhD, FAAN, who held the post of deputy assistant secretary for health; Patricia Montoya, RN, MPA, (commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families); and Linda Burnes Bolton, RN, DrPH, FAAN, who served on the National Advisory Council for Health Care Policy, Research and Evaluation from 1992 to 1995.

More Minority Americans Opt for Plastic Surgery

More Americans are getting face lifts and other types of cosmetic surgery these days--and more of those faces being lifted are likely to be non-Caucasian than ever before

Racism in the Nursing Workplace Still a Persistent Problem

Have you ever been passed over for a promotion because of your race or ethnicity, even though you met all other qualifications for the job?

Resources Available for Fighting SIDS in Native American Communities

Infant mortality is one of the six target areas of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’s ongoing initiative to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health by the year 2010.

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.

Researchers Identify Gene for Type 2 Diabetes in Mexican Americans

The recent discovery of the major susceptibility gene for type 2 diabetes in Mexican Americans—10.6% of whom are inflicted with the disease—is being hailed as a major accomplishment. This finding, previously considered a genetic impossibility, will ultimately result in medical advancement for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

American Diabetes Association Supports Increase in Indian Health Service Funding

Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions among Native Americans, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Over 12% of all Indian populations in the United States suffer from type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes. The Pima Indians in Arizona have the highest rate of diabetes in the world—about half of adults between the ages of 30 and 64 are diagnosed with the disease.

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