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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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Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) provides community health reform guide
In March 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (H.R. 3590) and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R.4872) became law. In response, the CBCF produced Understanding Health Reform, a guide to help everyday people better understand the new healthcare laws. The CBCF hopes that this guide will provide readers with the knowledge to become more engaged in advocating for health care resources in their communities. For additional copies or to comment, call (202) 263-2800 or email CPAR@cbcfinc.org. Click here to read the guide.
Pregnancy-related mortality four times more likely in African-American mothers
The Associated Press (4/27, Mohajer) reports "Maternal mortality is on the rise in California, with African-American mothers roughly four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than women in any other racial or ethnic groups," according to a study conducted by the California Department of Public Health. Federal statistics cite the 2008 maternal mortality rate among African-American women was 36.1 per 100,000 live births, compared to 9.6 for white women and 8.5 for Hispanic women. Other factors such as the higher rates of diabetes and high blood pressure seen in African-American women, along with increases in caesarean-section births (LA Times, 4/26) are considered major contributors.
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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Diversity in Medical Education
Lists AMA policy related to diversity in medical education.