Promoting Young Children’s Healthy Development in Medicaid and CHIP

The following excerpt comes from the report by Elisabeth Wright Burak released October 17, 2018, by the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center for Children and Families. A child’s brain develops most rapidly in the earliest years of life, building the foundation for learning, behavior and health. Medicaid—as the primary source of health coverage for … Continue reading Promoting Young Children’s Healthy Development in Medicaid and CHIP

Trend of fewer black male medical school graduates having bad overall effect

The following excerpt comes from the October 12, 2018, article by Kia Morgan-Smith in TheGrio. A lack of African American males entering the medical profession is having a broad overall impact on the black community, a new study shows.According to a 2015 report from the American Association of Medical Colleges, between 1978 and 2015, the … Continue reading Trend of fewer black male medical school graduates having bad overall effect

Childhood Trauma And Its Lifelong Health Effects More Prevalent Among Minorities

The following excerpt comes from the September 17, 2018, article by Tara Haelle on the NPR Shots Blog. When researchers first discovered a link in the late 1990s between childhood adversity and chronic health problems later in life, the real revelation was how common those experiences were across all socioeconomic groups. But the first major … Continue reading Childhood Trauma And Its Lifelong Health Effects More Prevalent Among Minorities

Forum: Building Blocks for Impactful Community Engagement Toward Health Equity

On January 11, 2019, the University of South Alabama Center for Healthy Communities is hosting its 3rd Forum on Community-Engaged Scholarship entitled Building Blocks for Impactful Community Engagement toward Health Equity. The forum has a two-fold object: 1) Focus on key elements of community engagement that foster progression to health equity;  and 2) encourage interconnections … Continue reading Forum: Building Blocks for Impactful Community Engagement Toward Health Equity

Impact of Race and Socioeconomics on Outcomes After Hospitalization Appears Systemic

The following excerpt comes from the September 11, 2018, article by L.A. McKeown on tctMD. Patients hospitalized for acute MI, heart failure, or pneumonia have different outcomes depending on their race and neighborhood income, but an analysis suggests the cause of those differences is not rooted at the hospital level. “What we found is that … Continue reading Impact of Race and Socioeconomics on Outcomes After Hospitalization Appears Systemic

Medicaid Expansion Helped Reduce Disparities Among Different Groups With Cancer

The following excerpt comes from the Agust 30,2018, article by Allison Inserro on the In Focus Blog at AJMC. The expansion of Medicaid may mitigate health disparities in cancer diagnosis, according to a recent study that found state variation in reductions in the percentage of uninsured patients aged 18 to 64 years diagnosed with cancer. … Continue reading Medicaid Expansion Helped Reduce Disparities Among Different Groups With Cancer

Enhance Racial Disparities Training, Say Primary Care Residents

The following excerpt comes from the August 24, 2018, article by Shari Porter on AAFP. Disparities in both health status and access to health care in the United States are widely acknowledged problems that have received much attention from the AAFP and a host of other medical professional organizations across the country. The timeliness of … Continue reading Enhance Racial Disparities Training, Say Primary Care Residents

Useful Resource: NIMHD’s Scientific Advancement Plan

The following excerpt comes from the announcement posted August 29, 2018, on the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities website. NIMHD’s Scientific Advancement Plan (SAP) is a transformative agenda that champions the fields of minority health and health disparities research. Its purpose is to contribute to the scientific advances that are improving public … Continue reading Useful Resource: NIMHD’s Scientific Advancement Plan

A New Vision of Patient Care

The following excerpt comes from the August 28, 2018, article by Beth Howard in US News & World Report. William Glover-Bey, 61, of West Baltimore, started selling drugs at 13, began using soon after, and ended up spending more than 15 years incarcerated at different times. Only after joining Narcotics Anonymous in his 50s was … Continue reading A New Vision of Patient Care

Research: Having a Black Doctor Led Black Men to Receive More-Effective Care

The following excerpt comes from the August 10, 2018, article by Nicole Torres in the Harvard Business Review. In the U.S., racial and ethnic minorities have higher rates of chronic disease, obesity, and premature death than white people. Black patients, in particular, have among the worst health outcomes, experiencing higher rates of hypertension and stroke. … Continue reading Research: Having a Black Doctor Led Black Men to Receive More-Effective Care