AMA Wire

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012

For Minority Physicians

Study looks at cancer-related risk factors among Hispanics

Study looks at cancer-related risk factors among Hispanics

Did you know that more than one-third of the nation's largest and fastest growing major ethnic group, Hispanics, lack health insurance? According to a U.S. Census report, only about 31 percent of U.S. Hispanics have health coverage.

This lack of coverage reduces their likelihood of accessing timely preventive medical services such as cancer-related immunizations and early detection examinations. A recent study pinpoints cancer-related risk factors and preventive measures for Hispanics in the United States.

With October observed as National Hispanic Heritage Month, the AMA Minority Affairs Section strongly supports initiatives for outreach programs directed at improving health care services for Hispanics and all underserved minority populations.

Kit can help physicians reduce health disparities

Physicians can improve their awareness and skills in addressing the inequities in care that racial and ethnic minority patients receive by using a new kit from the AMA. This resource, available through the AMA Bookstore, contains materials featuring interviews with physicians, patients and others who have experienced disparities in care firsthand. The kit can help physicians understand:

  • Why real and perceived disparities occur.
  • How to establish effective interpersonal and working relationships that acknowledge cultural differences.
  • Ways to challenge your knowledge and assumptions about the care you deliver.
  • The connection between quality care and health care disparities.

AMA members receive a discount on this and other products available through the AMA Bookstore. If you're not a member, join today.

Also, email the AMA Minority Affairs Section if you have a project or idea that could help prevent health care disparities or raise awareness about this health issue.