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Initiatives Address Health Disparities Among Minority Populations

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State, local, university initiatives address health disparities among minority populations.

  • Detroit: CDChas awarded four local community health centers with a $1 million grantto help fund HIV/AIDS initiatives in the black community, the Detroit News reports. Blacks comprise 59% of the state's estimated 17,000 residents with HIV/AIDS, according to the Michigan Department of Community Health (Kozlowski, Detroit News, 10/30).
  • Florida Atlantic University: Nursing students at FAU for the past four years have taught health classes to Cherokee American Indian children, the South Florida Sun-Sentinelreports. In October, 50 students participated in the program and livedwith the children at the Healthy Nations Summer Camp. They taughtcourses on nutrition, diabetes, tobacco use prevention and facilitatedphysical activities. The students also taught sexual education to highschool students and distributed condoms, which are not always availableon reservations, according to the Sun-Sentinel (Travis, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 10/28).
  • Integris Health:Integris on Oct. 28 hosted a health summit in Oklahoma that sought toencourage blacks to take responsibility for their own health as a wayto reduce health disparities in the community, the Oklahomanreports. The summit "served as a forum for doctors, dentists and otherhealth professionals within the black community to discuss black healthissues with civic and church leaders and the general public," accordingto the Oklahoman. Television show host, author and advocate Tavis Smiley, former National Basketball Association player Dominique Wilkins and National Medical Association Executive Director Mohammed Akhter were all keynote speakers at the summit (Hinton, Oklahoman, 10/28).
  • Louisville, Ky.: Louisville-based Norton HealthCare and the American Heart Associationannounced on Tuesday that they will collaborate on an effort to offerno-cost blood pressure screenings and information about hypertension tothe black community, the Louisville Courier-Journalreports. The groups will work with churches and schools in largelyblack communities in Louisville and Newburg, aiming to screen at least1,000 black residents in the next three years (Yetter, Louisville Courier-Journal, 10/31).
  • Seville,Fla.: The Alliance of Active Women program, a group of Hispanic women,seeks to help immigrant women find alternative ways to get breastcancer care and information, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. According to the News-Journal,Hispanic immigrant women often are uninsured, face language barriersand tend to get diagnosed in the later stages of breast cancer. Thegroup started a breast cancer program when Ana Bolanos, the group'sexecutive director, conducted a survey and found that migrant farmworkers had limited knowledge about breast cancer. Through the program,women receive 30 days of training on how to educate others about breastcancer and teach them how to perform breast exams and recruit others tothe program. The group this week plans to award 12 women who havecompleted the program with a certificate and also announce twobilingual "foto-novelas," comic book-style magazines that illustratereal-life experiences of women with breast cancer (Ramirez, DaytonaBeach News-Journal, 10/29).
  • Tulsa, Okla.: CDChas awarded eight American Indian tribes in the state $4.25 millionover five years to fund health initiatives, state health officialsannounced on Tuesday, Tulsa World reports. The grant is a part of CDC's Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Healthprogram and will be used for cardiovascular disease and diabetesprevention, behavior modification and system delivery policies amongAmerican Indians in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas (Ruckman, Tulsa World, 10/31).
  • Virginia Commonwealth University:VCU is one of 40 institutions nationwide to receive a five-year, nearly$2 million grant from CDC's REACH program to improve infant mortalityrates among blacks. The funds will support local infant mortality andprenatal awareness efforts in Richmond (VCU release, 10/30).
  • Wayne State University: The national Center for Substance Abuse Treatment has awarded WSU with a $2.5 million grant to go toward expanding its research and treatment efforts in HIV/AIDS patients, the Detroit Free Pressreports. According to Mark Greenwald, associate professor of psychiatryand behavioral neurosciences, the money will help fund a project that"will address the complex needs of individuals experiencingco-occurring conditions of substance use or abuse and HIV or AIDS amonga primarily African-American and uninsured or underinsured population"(Esan, Detroit Free Press, 10/30).
  • Wyoming:CDC awarded the Northern Arapaho Tribe a five-year, $2 million grantaddress infant mortality on the Wind River Indian Reservation, the AP/Casper Star-Tribune,reports. The grant will go toward the tribe's Women, Infants andChildren program and will "provide resources to support and assistpregnant women, new mothers and infants," according to the Arapaho WICoffice (AP/Casper Star-Tribune, 10/27).

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