University Grants Address Minority Health Disparities

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Minority Health Disparities

  • Meharry Medical College: Meharry's Center for Women's Health Research has received a five-year, $1 million grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation to expand its research and educational programs that target minority women, the Tennessean reports.The center, which opened in 2006, is the first in the nation to focusexclusively on understanding and addressing the health disparitiesfaced by minority women, according to the Tennessean (Ward, Tennessean, 11/12).
  • Nassau Health Care Corp.:Nassau County, N.Y., Executive Thomas Suozzi and NHCC officials onThursday announced the development of a $6 million Institute for HealthCare Disparities, which will aim to reduce health care disparitiesbetween minority and white residents, Long Island Newsdayreports. Arthur Gianelli, president and CEO of NHCC, said the institute-- which will be the first in the state to specifically targetunderserved populations -- will focus primarily on cardiovasculardisease, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, pediatric asthma and obesity.The institute will aim to aid access to screening, medical treatmentand follow-up care. Gianelli said, "As the principal safety-netprovider for Nassau County's underserved communities, the NHCC (willhave) programs that focus on health disparities by creating aninstitute that will serve as a ... model ... health care system that ismore accessible to communities of need" (Cassese, Long Island Newsday, 11/16).
  • Oakland Kicks Asthma:The federally funded, citywide asthma prevention program is designed toteach children how to better manage their asthma and preventhospitalizations, the Oroville Mercury Register reports.Black children in Alameda County have the second-highest asthma-relatedhospitalization rates in the state, according to a report by the Oakland Berkeley Asthma Coalition.The report cites poverty and living in substandard housing, which ismore likely to have mold, dust and other environmental factors thattrigger asthma attacks, as reasons behind the high rates. More than 20%of blacks in Alameda County live in such conditions -- nearly fourtimes the rate of whites. Program participants take a four-sessioncourse over their lunch period that teaches them how to recognize, aswell as prevent and control, an asthma attack. They also are taught howto properly use their medications, and some families receiveallergy-proof mattresses, pillowcases and special vacuum cleaners forremoving mold (Replogle, Oroville Mercury Register, 11/11).
  • University of Illinois-Chicago: CDChas awarded the university a five-year, $4.2 million grant to targethealth disparities among blacks and Hispanics with diabetes andcardiovascular disease. Using a combination of education, control andprevention strategies, researchers from UIC's Midwest Latino Health Research, Training and Policy Centerwill examine how community involvement can help residents leadhealthier lives and influence health care policies. Researchers firstwill target four Chicago neighborhoods and then expand the programregionally and nationally (UIC release, 11/13).
  • Winston-Salem State University: The National Center of Minority Health and Disparitieshas awarded WSSU a five-year, $4.7 million grant to establish theCenter for Research to Improve Minority Health and Eliminate HealthDisparities. The center will focus on developing research to improveminority health and aim to eliminate health disparities, according toSylvia Flack, principal investigator for the grant. The funding alsowill go toward four major research investigations and eight pilotprojects that address disparities in diabetes, HIV/AIDS, breast cancer,hypertension and obesity. In addition, the grant will fund two majorinvestigations in health disparities interventions (WSSU release, 11/13).

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