Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2013
For Minority Physicians
AHRQ focuses on reducing health disparities among children
The latest edition of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) Health Care Innovations Exchange looks at efforts that aim to reduce health disparities among children.
Low-income, urban and minority children often have poor access to appropriate health care and experience higher rates of asthma, obesity and other chronic health conditions, the AHRQ reports. In addition to a lack of adequate health insurance, cultural and linguistic barriers prevent many children from receiving equal care.
This edition features a program that provides culturally competent asthma care to Latino families, a state policy that has increased access to Medicaid coverage for uninsured children, and a medical center's use of text messaging to increase vaccination rates among low-income minority children.
Email the AMA Minority Affairs Section if you have a project or idea that could help prevent health disparities among children.
Briefing offers Q&A on health disparities
A briefing from the Kaiser Family Foundation provides an introduction to health and health care disparities, not only for racial and ethnic groups but also for groups defined by other characteristics, such as socioeconomic status, geographic location, age and language.