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A Fix for Gender Bias in Health Care?

Citing examples related to blood clot prevention, researchers at Johns Hopkins applied a checklist to help eliminate gender disparities in care. The Hopkins checklist is a computerized decision support tool which is triggered whenever a patient is admitted into their facility. The screener asks...

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African-Americans Are Living Longer, But Racial Gap Persists

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), deaths of blacks in America have dropped by nearly 25 percent. However, life expectancy for blacks is still four years less than that of whites. Worse still, younger blacks are likely to have and die from chronic diseases plaguing...

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Aging in Place Could Save Money, Benefit Health Outcomes in Public Housing for the Elderly

A ScienceBlog article details a clinical study from the University of Georgia establishing that training service coordinators in low-income public housing can better assist aging residents, improve their health outcomes, and save money. Holding onsite diabetes education is listed as one...

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America’s Health Inequality Problem

The U.S. has a large health inequity problem made worse by income disparities, rivaled only by the larger gaps in Chile and Portugal. The study notes that any disruption to the current insurance protections may further drive up costs and exacerbate existing health disparities. Read more at The...

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Health Disparities Repository

The Knowledge Center at the Office of Minority Health Resource Center is the largest repository of health disparities information in the world, with a collection of 10,000 documents, reports, books, journals, and media, along with 30,000 articles related to the health status of racial and ethnic minority populations. It also boasts consumer health materials in more than 35  languages.

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Heart Health Disparities Borne by African Americans

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), African-Americans experience poorer heart health and mortality rates than other groups, partly due to less effective disease prevention and management efforts. The data revealed that heart disease risk factors are more common among...

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Mapping Broadband Health in America

The Federal Communications Commission has developed a tool allowing the public to identify opportunities and disparities in broadband connectivity and health measures.

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Mapping Medicare Disparities

The Office of Minority Health has designed an interactive map entitled, the Mapping Medicare Disparities Tool, to identify locations of disparities between Medicare beneficiary subgroups (e.g. racial and ethnic groups) in health outcomes, utilization, and spending. This information may be used to...

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Patients Cared for by Female Doctors Fare Better Than Those Treated by Men

Female doctors who care for elderly hospitalized patients get better results say Harvard researchers who studied more than one million Medicare patients across multiple years. The investigators concluded that approximately 32,000 fewer patients would die if male physicians could achieve the same...

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Scientists Start to Tease Out the Subtler Ways Racism Hurts Health

Researchers are digging deeper to parse out the effects of racism on population health. One factor, chronic stress, is identified as one such factor by researchers. Read more about the topic at this NPR article.

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Working to Achieve Health Equity: The CMS Equity Plan for Medicare One Year Later

In this blog post, Dr. Cara James as the Director of the Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) explains the CMS Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare and its progress to date.

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