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Efforts Seek To Reduce Racial, Ethnic Health Disparities

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The following summarize efforts and events that seek to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities.

* Asian Liver Center: Stanford University's Asian Liver Center announced last week that it is expanding its efforts to raise hepatitis B awareness in Asian communities by launching a global initiative, the Asia and Pacific Alliance to Eliminate Viral Hepatitis, AsianWeek reports. In partnership with CDC and the World Health Organization, the new initiative will focus on advocacy, education, vaccination and treatment to reduce the spread of the disease (Pang, AsianWeek, 11/5).

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* Butler County, Ohio: The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center's Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs on Friday will host a cultural competency conference aimed at educating community organizations on how to better serve the Hispanic community, the Oxford Press reports. The conference will include discussions on cultural competency, trauma and pediatrics, health care providers' role in immigrants' access to health care, and basic Spanish, according to Danielle Lewis, a spokesperson for the hospital. Butler County has an increasing Hispanic population (Latta, Oxford Press, 11/2).

* Solano County, Calif.: The Solano County Health and Social Services Department recently held its first large HIV/AIDS event, which targeted the Hispanic community, the Vallejo Times-Herald reports. The event, which included no-cost HIV tests and offered health information and resources, was a late recognition of Latino AIDS Awareness Day in October (Banes, Vallejo Times-Herald, 10/31).

* University of Maryland Eastern Shore: UMES on Tuesday began its Pharmacy and Health Professions e-Health Access program, which in part will aim to reduce health disparities in the black community, the Salisbury Daily Times reports. As part of the program, UMES will hold training sessions at various on- and off-campus locations that teach participants how to use online medical resources to learn about diseases that are prevalent among blacks and how to make lifestyle changes to address the conditions (Salisbury Daily Times, 11/3).

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