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The American Medical Association addresses minority physician professional issues and minority health issues on an ongoing basis. Here are activities and projects that are related to the issues addressed by the AMA-MAS. Listings of non-AMA resources do not necessarily indicate endorsement by the AMA. Links here may take you off the AMA website.

Walking Together: Partnering for Suicide Prevention in Native Communities

Love, Honor, Respect. The words are printed on the back of a brightly colored tee shirt worn by an American Indian elder on a chilly, moonlit night in a tribal community in New Mexico. With their sacred mountain against their backs, children, families and elders walk forward in a determined, unified manner to break the silence and prevent suicide.

Suicide is a major cause of death for American Indian/Alaskan Native males between the ages of 12-27. Nationally the suicide rate for American Indians/Alaskan is higher than for any population within the United States.

As tribal communities seek to improve awareness, they recognize that all helpers and healers are critical in the prevention and intervention efforts of suicide prevention and intervention, especially the pediatricians and primary care physicians that serve the medical needs of American Indian/Alaskan Native children. Through well child clinics, physical exams, Head Start screenings, and primary care, physicians play a critical role in the physical and emotional well being of children in American Indian and Alaskan Native communities.

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The American Medical Association addresses minority physician professional issues and minority health issues on an ongoing basis. Here are activities and projects that are related to the issues addressed by the MAS. Listings of non-AMA resources do not necessarily indicate endorsement by the AMA. Links here may take you off the AMA Web site.

Online video covers universal HIV screening
Approximately 1 million people in the United States are believed to be infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). A quarter of them may be unaware they are infected, thus not getting necessary treatment and risking the unintentional transmission of HIV to others.

The AMA released the new online educational video, "Universal HIV screening and reducing HIV disparities" as part of its Educating Physicians on Controversies and Challenges in Health series. The five-minute streaming video aims to educate physicians on the implementation of universal HIV screening in practice as a strategy to reduce the transmission of HIV, which disproportionately affects racial and ethnic minorities.

Latest in AMA online series addresses race and ethnicity data collection
A new online educational program from the AMA can help physicians see the benefits of building a more comprehensive base of patient data on race and ethnicity, and identify barriers and solutions for collecting this information from patients.

Part of the AMA's online video series Educating Physicians on Controversies in Health, "Data on race and ethnicity: How and why it should be collected in medical practice" aims to show physicians the need for reliable and accurate demographic data truly reflective of patient populations, how the data can be collected and how the data can improve the quality of care. The data will be helpful to clinicians and researchers in learning more about the causes of health care disparities and how physicians can work to eliminate them. The data will also help physicians seek new ways to provide better care for their minority patients.

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Racial/Ethnic Healthcare Disparities materials and projects

Diversity in Medical Education
Lists AMA policy related to diversity in medical education.

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