Report: Systemic Discrimination Worsens Health Outcomes for Minority Boys and Men

The following excerpt comes from the June 18, 2018, article by Liz Entman in Research News @ Vanderbilt. Men in the United States tend to have more privilege, wealth and career success than women, yet they lead shorter and unhealthier lives. This reality is compounded for men of color and LGBTQI men, who have some … Continue reading Report: Systemic Discrimination Worsens Health Outcomes for Minority Boys and Men

Racism, Not Race, Causes Health Disparities for Black Mothers

The following excerpt comes from the April 18, 2018, article by Sheela Nimishakavi for NPQ. The health disparities that exist for Black mothers in America are well documented. Black women are three to four times more likely to die from childbirth than their White counterparts. Yet, aside from listing “being Black” as a risk factor … Continue reading Racism, Not Race, Causes Health Disparities for Black Mothers

Exploring African Americans’ High Maternal and Infant Death Rates

The following excerpt comes from the February 1, 2018, article by Cristina Novoa and Jamila Taylor posted by the Center for American Progress. References have been removed from the excerpt. Shortly after giving birth to her son in August 2017, 27-year-old activist and Black Lives Matter icon Erica Garner suffered her first heart attack. Garner, … Continue reading Exploring African Americans’ High Maternal and Infant Death Rates

Racial Health Disparities Are Well Documented

The following excerpt comes from the December 12, 2017, article by Sheela Nimishakavi from NPQ. Following the tragic death of a highly educated and accomplished African American mother three weeks after giving birth, a tough question remains unanswered: If education, income, and a strong support system cannot protect black women from dying during and shortly … Continue reading Racial Health Disparities Are Well Documented

Scientists Start To Tease Out The Subtler Ways Racism Hurts Health

The following excerpt comes from the November 11, 2017, article by Rae Ellen Bichell on Shots: Health News from NPR. The day Dr. Roberto Montenegro finished his Ph.D. was memorable. But not for the right reasons. "I still cringe when I think about it," says Montenegro. It had started well. His colleagues at UCLA had … Continue reading Scientists Start To Tease Out The Subtler Ways Racism Hurts Health

Talking about Health Equity

Recently, the Health Policy Research Consortium create a YouTube Series, Conversations on Health Equity,  exploring health equity with leading experts. Available videos include Conversations on Health Equity: Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable - Part 1 -- discussing the mission of NIMHD and the meaning of health disparities. Conversations on Health Equity: Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable - Part 2 … Continue reading Talking about Health Equity

The Health Care System Is Leaving The Southern Black Belt Behind

The following excerpt comes from an article by Anna Maria Barry-Jester on FiveThrityEight. ---- Sitting outside of a Starbucks on the corner of a strip mall in Tuscaloosa late last year, Dr. Remona Peterson described her hometown of Thomaston, Alabama, population 400. “Everybody loves our grocery store. That’s, like, our pride,” she said with a … Continue reading The Health Care System Is Leaving The Southern Black Belt Behind

How med student loan burdens can deepen health disparities

The following article by Caleb Zimmerschied originally appeared on AMA Wire on April 27, 2017. The high loan burden associated with medical school can discourage students from underrepresented minority groups or lower-income families from pursuing a career as a physician. This creates a ripple effect of widening health care disparities that disproportionately affect the accessibility … Continue reading How med student loan burdens can deepen health disparities

Segregated Living Linked To Higher Blood Pressure Among Blacks

The following article by Carmen Heredia Rodriguez originally appeared on Kaiser Health News. For African-Americans, the isolation of living in a racially segregated neighborhood may lead to an important health issue: higher blood pressure. A study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine suggested blacks living in such areas experienced higher blood pressure than those living … Continue reading Segregated Living Linked To Higher Blood Pressure Among Blacks

African American Health — The latest from the CDC

The May 2017 edition of Vital Signs released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) focuses on both improvements and concerns in the health of African Americans. The report states: The death rate for African Americans decreased 25% from 1999 to 2015. African Americans ages 18-49 are 2 times as likely to die … Continue reading African American Health — The latest from the CDC