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Needs Of Minorities Not Considered In Programs Of Preparedness For Public Health Emergencies

Government officials often have not considered the specific needs of blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and other ethnic and racial minorities in programs and materials related to preparedness for public health emergencies.

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Efforts To Increase Health Care Access To Immigrants

The San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday examined the Community Ambassadors Program for Seniors, a program offered in Fremont, Calif., that trains volunteers to "go into their own ethnic- or faith-based communities to teach elders to access transportation, social activities and health care" services. CAPS began in March as an offshoot of the Pathways to Positive Aging project, which is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and "designed to help seniors find 'culturally enriching and affordable services and opportunities,'" according to the Chronicle.

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Utah Summit Addresses Health Issues Facing American Indians

Representatives from various American Indian tribes in Utah met for a two-day Native American Indian Summit last week to discuss disparities in health care, education and economic development, the Deseret Morning News reports. The summit was initiated by Gov. Jon Huntsman (R).

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International Public Health Is A Joint Responsibility

Scientist and health professionals are being warned of the growing threats to global public health. At the annual Health Protection Agency (HPA) conference in Warwick today, delegates will be told that global cooperation and investment are necessary. Health experts are calling for immediate action if they are to ensure a safer, healthier future for the world's population.

There is an increasing awareness that global health and health protection is everyone's responsibility and countries will need to work together to identify risks and act quickly to contain and control them.

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