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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.

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?

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.

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.

$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.

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.”

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.

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.

Racial Divide for Kidney Transplants

African-American children and adolescents, regardless of gender, geographic location or family income, wait longer than white children for kidney transplants, according to a study from Johns Hopkins University’s Department of Pediatrics published in the October 2000 edition of the Journal of Pediatrics.

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.

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.”

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.

Minority Nurses Capture Top Awards in National Recognition Program

An RN with a disability who overcame discrimination to achieve a successful nursing career. An African-American Navy nurse who heroically saved the life of a dying Iraqi boy during Operation Iraqi Freedom. What do these two minority nurses have in common?

“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.

Another Perspective on Men in Nursing

In the Spring 2002 issue of Minority Nurse, our cover story on strategies for recruiting men into nursing examined, among other things, some of the stereotypes, prejudices and outright discrimination that continue to be significant challenges for men who choose to pursue this traditionally female career.

Nursing Professor Receives Nearly $1 Million in Funding for Landmark Research Study

“I’ve always been interested in designing interventions that are targeted to improving the health outcomes of high-risk populations--particularly children, adolescents, pregnant teens and mothers,” says Luz Porter, RN-CS (FNP), PhD, a graduate professor at Florida International University School

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.

Wanted: Culturally Competent Writers and Reviewers for Nursing Certification Exams

Do credentialing examinations for nurses, such as the NCLEX-RN and specialty certification exams, put minority and foreign-educated candidates at a disadvantage? Or are these tests indeed culturally sensitive and fair to all who take them, regardless of race, ethnicity or national origin?

New Study Finds Racial Disparity in Kidney Cancer Patients

A study published in the journal Cancer finds that black patients diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma (RCC)—the most common type of kidney cancer in adults—have a lower survival rate than white patients.

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