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NIH Awards $75 Million to Study Care Disparities (posted 11/9)

Posted: November 09, 2009

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $75 million to study conditions that disproportionately impact minorities and other medically underserved populations, AHA News Now reports. Awarded under the agency's Research Centers in Minority Institutions program, the funding will provide awards of up to $4 million annually for five years for the study of care disparities in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, HIV/AIDS and other conditions. Grant recipients include Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, Meharry Medical College in Nashville, and Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. The funding will also be used to establish a Research Centers in Minority Institutions center at Xavier University in New Orleans.  To read the NIH press release with the exact funds each institution received click here.



Nursing Home Mental Health Care Reform (posted 11/9)

Posted: November 09, 2009

Advocates in Illinois continue to push for a major overhaul of how Illinois handles its elderly psychiatric patients.  More than any other state, Illinois relies on nursing homes to house the mentally ill and advocates argue that patients could be treated more effectively and at a lower cost in a community setting.  The Chicago Tribune states, "The volatile mix of felons, mentally ill people and seniors in Illinois facilities today serves none of [the populations housed there], advocates said, and records show elderly and disabled residents have been assaulted, raped and even murdered in the homes."  Advocates also continue to push for more immediate reform: the Healthcare Council of Illinois, a trade association of nursing homes, recommended that patients with backgrounds of violence be reassessed annually to determine their risk to other residents.  To read the article from the Chicago Tribune click here.



November is American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month (posted 11/5)

Posted: November 05, 2009

On October 30, 2009 President Obama declared the observance of November as National Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month.  In his proclomation President Obama stated, "As we seek to build on and strengthen our nation-to-nation relationship, my Administration is committed to ensuring tribal communities have a meaningful voice in our national policy debates as we confront the challenges facing all Americans. We will continue this constructive dialogue at the White House Tribal Nations Conference held in Washington, D.C., this month. Native American voices have echoed through the mountains, valleys, and plains of our country for thousands of years, and it is now our time to listen."  He also highlighted the more than $3 billion allocated in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help NA/AI communities address their most pressing needs.  Additionally he pointed to the proposed $17 billion dollars that his Administration is recommending for their FY2010 budget for programs carried out by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Health Service, and other Federal agencies that have a critical role to play in improving the lives of Native Americans.  To read the full proclomation click here.



CDC Leader Discusses Studies on Black Women and HIV-Infection (posted 11/4)

Posted: November 05, 2009

With Dr. Kevin Fenton, NPR explores the reasons behind the high rates of HIV/AIDS infection among black women.  Dr. Kevin Fenton of the Centers for Disease Control National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention discusses the release of new studies that debunk the myth that black women contract HIV from their black male companions who have sex with other men.  Fenton discusses the relationship of various factors including incarceration, multiple sex partners, unprotected sex and drug use and HIV-infection.  To read the NPR transcript click here.



Diversity Preparedness E-Newsletter (posted 11/5)

Posted: November 05, 2009

DiversityPreparedness.org has released their most recent e-Newsletter.  This issue provides, recommendations, resources and tools that community-based organizations can utilize to prepare their diverse communities for the flu season and H1N1.  The e-Newsletter also provides information on population data and community characteristics so that organizations can accurately assess the needs of their communities.  For this and more information click here to download the e-Newsletter.  This e-Newsletter is produced by the Center for Health Equality at the Drexel University School of Public Health with support from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Minority Health.



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