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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?

Minority Men’s Health Disparities Reaching Crisis Proportions

When it comes to health, American men who are non-white and poor are suffering from such a disproportionate burden of serious health problems compared to white males that some public health leaders believe the situa-tion has become a national crisis that will continue to worsen unless urgent interventions are made.

Two New Studies Paint Bleak Picture of Minority Health in America

Nurses who are familiar with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ national initiative to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health by 2010 are already well aware that accomplishing these goals will be no small task. Now two groundbreaking new reports on...

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.

Resources for Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment

A landmark study published this past December in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that millions of American women age 50 and older who have not been tested for osteoporosis (porous bones) may be at an increased risk of suffering serious bone fractures...

“Fight KOOL Mixx”--A Reader Responds

In the Fall 2004 issue of Minority Nurse, we published a Second Opinion column written by Margaret A. Davis, MSN, RN, FNP, cancer committee chair for the Chicago Chapter of the National Black Nurses Association.

African Americans at Higher Risk for Stroke Than Whites

According to U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, African Americans are twice as likely to suffer a stroke than whites, making them more susceptible to stroke than any other ethnic group. Satcher spoke out on this health disparity during a stroke-screening event in Rockville, Md., called “Stroke Sunday.”

$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.

North Carolina Hospitals Receive Major Diversity Recruiting Grant

At Rowan Regional Medical Center, a private, not-for-profit acute care hospital in Salisbury, N.C., only 4.6% of the RN staff are men and even fewer (2%) are African-American or Hispanic.

Federal Community Grants Program Takes “Steps” to Improve Minority Health

In June 2001, President Bush launched the HealthierUS Initiative to help improve the health and wellness of all Americans by focusing on four key areas: physical activity, preventive screenings, balanced nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices (such as quitting smoking). Since then, the U.S.

Hospital’s Decision to Honor Racist Demand Ignites Controversy

What should a hospital do when a bigoted patient insists that no people of color be involved in his or her care? Do you stand firmly by your anti-discrimination policy and ignore the racist request?

Leveling the Playing Field for Tribal Colleges

Many of the nation’s 32 TCUs are underbudgeted, receive no state funding and are struggling to meet their operating costs.


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