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Healthcare Disparities

There is a growing body of work signifying significant disparities in healthcare, and ongoing work to find ways to reduce or eliminate these. Physicians and other health professionals need to be aware of the extent of healthcare disparities, their causes, and potential solutions.

Consortium Initiatives | Resource List | Reports | Online Curricula

Consortium Initiatives

Bi-Dil: the first "race-based drug"

In this one-hour small group case discussion, participants discuss what race is, relevant findings from the National Human Genome Project, disparities in heart failure, how BiDil came to market, and close with a discussion on how race should be used in medicine, particularly in the context of very real health disparities and factors that influence health. Includes a comprehensive facilitator's and student's guide. For more information, please contact:

Olivia Carter-Pokras, PhD

University of Maryland

Talaria, Inc

Introduction to Healthcare Disparities Online course currently developing a series entitled "Disparities, Culture & Health". The introductory module discusses: research on healthcare disparities and causes, changing meanings of race and ethnicity, and the medical community's response. Users, please create your own user name and password. If you are interested in using this online course at your institutions in exchange for feedback or a small fee, please contact:

Danielle de Clercq

Director of Product Development

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Resource List

Race, Ethnicity and Genetics

Resource list on "Genomics and Health Disparities."

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Office of Minority Health (OMH)

The Strategic Framework for Improving Racial and Ethnic Minority Health and Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Framework ) presented here is intended to help guide, organize and coordinate the systematic planning, implementation and evaluation of efforts within OMH, HHS and across the nation to achieve better results relative to minority health improvements and health disparities reductions.

Health Disparities The mission of the National Action Agenda to End Health Disparities for Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations is to work with individuals and organizations across the country to create a Nation free of health disparities, with quality health outcomes for all.

Population Statistics Links to minority populations: African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Hawaiians/Other Pacific Islanders.

Institute of Medicine (IOM)

Unequal Treatment: : Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care The report found that found that a consistent body of research demonstrates significant variation in the rates of medical procedures by race, even when insurance status, income, age, and severity of conditions are comparable. This research indicates that U.S. racial and ethnic minorities are less likely to receive even routine medical procedures and experience a lower quality of health services.

American Medical Association (AMA)

Eliminating Health Disparities Describes AMA commissions and activities to eliminate health disparities as well as describe research findings and recommendations

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Reports and Publications Reports and publications from the CDC, Department of Health and Human Services, Council on Graduate Medical Education and the President's Advisory Commission Report (2003-present).

Racial and Ethnic Populations Direct links to information on specific racial and ethnic groups (through OMH).

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Online Curricula

Management Sciences for Health (MSH)

The Provider's Guide to Quality and Culture This online session offers physicians opportunities to examine their own behavior and assumptions, improve their communication with patients from different cultures, and provide high-quality health care for all patients.

Office of Minority Health (OMH)

A Physician's Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care This is a free online educational program accredited for physicians (9 CME credits), nurses and nurse practitioners (9 CNE credits), and pharmacists (0.9 CEU credits) for an engaging case exploration and learning about cultural competency in health care.

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  • NCME @ Health Literach Annual Research Conference
    • Two workshops on cultural competency and MedEdPORTAL
    • October 17-18, 2011, Chicago, IL
  • RWJ National Health Plan Collaborative Toolkit
    • This toolkit has resources, lessons, best practices and case studies to assist health plans reduce disparities.
  • AHRQ Health Literacy Toolkit
    • The toolkit can help your practice and communicate with patients.
  • Stopping Discrimination Before it Starts: The Impact of Civil Rights Laws on Healthcare Disparities
  • Curricular Products from the National Consortium for Multicultural Education for Health Professionals
  • Conferences:
    • AAMC annual meeting 2010
      • November 5-10, Washington, DC
    • APHA annual meeting 2010
      • November 6-10, Denver, CO