Health & Health Policy
New Report Reveals Solutions that "Close the Gap" on Racial Disparity in Health
Innovative Research Details Race-Based Health Inequality. Today, the Applied Research Center and Northwest Federation of Community Organizations released a new report entitled Closing the Gap: Solutions to Race-Based Health Disparities.
State of the Union: Advocates Challenge Bush’s Healthcare Strategy
Public Solutions Needed to Close the Gap on Health Disparities. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, February 2, 2006. Media Contact:Andre Banks (917) 456-7759 cell, (212) 513-7925 office.
Targeting Resources for Communities of Color Affected by HIV/AIDS, New York City, 2001
Why African American babies have the highest infant mortality rate in the developed world. By Ziba Kashef. Full article available on ColorLines here.
Bush's Proposal to Privatize Healthcare Worsens Race Disparities
By Megan Izen. President Bush's healthcare privatization plan will only worsen glaring disparities affecting communities of color, according to advocates and researchers who argue that public solutions are both possible and necessary to close the racial and economic gap in the nation's deepening health crisis. Full article available on ColorLines here.
By Kai Wright. Garry Wayne Carriker had a pretty promising life ahead of him. He’d graduated from the Air Force Academy back in 2001 and at age 26 was prepared to graduate from Emory University’s prestigious medical school this past spring. He probably never dreamed he’d instead spend most of the year sitting in an Atlanta jail. But at summer’s end, that’s just where he was, awaiting trial on three counts of a sex-crime that could get him 30 years behind bars. Full article available on ColorLines here.
Closing the Gap
Solutions to Race-Based Health Disparities. By Applied Research Center and Northwest Federation of Community Organizations.
Closing the Gap: Solutions to Race-Based Health Disparities, 2005
10 Key Recommendations for Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health.
From Closing the Gap: Solutions to Race-Based Health Disparities
1. Eliminate disparities in access to health insurance.
2. Improve health care in medically underserved areas, which are often communities of color.
3. Develop health care institutions that are welcoming and respectful to people of differentraces and ethnicities.
4. Track racial disparities in health care provision.
5. Provide medical interpretation services for all clinical encounters.
6. Improve access to traditional and non-Western treatments.
7. Adopt and enforce policies that promote safety and health.
8. Include public health experts and community organizations in community development and planning processes.
9. Provide funding and support for improved nutrition, physical education, and health education in schools.
10. Support programs that incorporate cultural traditions.