Efforts Address Breast Cancer In Black Women

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The following summarizes efforts that address health issues among minorities.

  • Breast cancer: The Austin branch of Susan G. Komen for the Cureon Nov. 17 will launch an initiative to train minority women from ninelow-income housing developments as breast cancer advocates, the Austin American-Statesmanreports. As a part of the Wise Women program, the advocates willencourage other minority women to receive mammograms and also providetransportation to medical facilities. Separately, the nationalorganization has launched a campaign, Circle of Promise, which isdesigned to raise awareness about breast cancer among black women andhelp increase funding for research and community programs (Hill, Austin American-Statesman, 11/5).
  • Canada/U.S.:U.S. and Canadian health officials last week signed a memorandum thatsays the two nations will work together to improve the health ofAmerican Indians, the Anchorage Daily Newsreports. According to the governments, the initiative will focus onimproving health care for Alaska Natives, American Indians, and theFirst Nation and Inuit of Canada (Anchorage Daily News, 11/5).
  • Cherokee Nation: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrationhas awarded the Tahlequah, Okla.-based Cherokee Nation with athree-year grant to help provide substance abuse treatment and recoveryhealth services to Cherokee American Indians, the Muskogee Phoenixreports. The grant will fund the "Many Paths" program, which givesparticipants several levels of treatment options from conventionalmedical providers, faith-based health services and traditional healers.All of the providers must undergo cultural sensitivity trainingadministered by the tribe and SAMHSA and meet other requirements toparticipate in the program (Muskogee Phoenix, 11/5).
  • HIV/AIDS: The National Minority AIDS Council on Wednesday began its 2007 United States Conference on AIDS in Palm Springs, Calif., the Desert Sunreports. The convention, which will run through Saturday, will discussthe effects of HIV/AIDS among American Indians, blacks and Hispanics(Solvig, Desert Sun, 11/8).
  • Mentalhealth: Counselors, therapists, researchers and educators from acrossthe nation beginning Nov. 1 attended the three-day Fourth AnnualCounseling Center Conference at Morgan State University to discuss how to address mental health issues in students at historically black colleges and universities, Diverse Issues in Higher Education reports. According to Diverse,many blacks are skeptical of psychological treatment and opt for a morespiritual approach to mental wellness instead. In addition, studiesshow blacks are more likely to experience a mental disorder than whitesand less likely to seek treatment (Nealy, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, 11/5).
  • Methamphetamines:Kevin Howlett, director of Tribal Health and Human Services, and Sen.Max Baucus (D-Mont.) on Tuesday during a press conference inWashington, D.C., urged lawmakers to increase funding for education andlaw enforcement to address methamphetamine abuse in Indian Country, theBillings Gazettereports. According to Howlett, American Indian residents spent anestimated $8 million on meth in 2006, which is about the same amount ofmoney the government has spent on all health programs for about 10,000residents (Straub, Billings Gazette, 11/7).
  • Interpreters: Portland, Maine-based Language Access for New Americansis the first program in the state to offer medical interpreter trainingin an effort to meet the language demands of the state's increasingimmigrant population, the Portland Press Herald reports. The program was launched in 2005 by the United Way of Greater Portland,and other groups and businesses. The training consists of 100 hours oftraining for 12 months, during which students learn at least twolanguages and are taught specific medical terms in each one (Huang, Portland Press Herald, 11/2).

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