Wednesday, July 24, 2013
For Minority Physicians
New CDC video highlights diabetes program for Native Americans
A new video from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) called "Our cultures are our source of health" highlights the wisdom of cultural knowledge in promoting health and preventing such diseases as type 2 diabetes in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
The video features renowned Cherokee actor Wes Studi and was filmed at the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Okla.
While type 2 diabetes is a growing concern around the world, American Indian and Alaska Native adults are twice as likely to have been diagnosed with diabetes as non-Hispanic whites. In addition, Native American youths who are 10–19 years old are developing type 2 diabetes at higher rates than young people in other racial and ethnic groups.
Tribal communities are engaging youth and families to reclaim traditional ways of health by harvesting local traditional foods and increasing access to games and dancing.
Learn more about how the AMA is addressing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease through its Improving Health Outcomes initiative.
Briefing examines ACA's potential impact through lens of race, ethnicity
A new document from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation provides an overview of health coverage by race and ethnicity to provide greater insight into the potential impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage expansions for people of color.
Ethnic populations are at disproportionate risk of being uninsured and having low incomes. ACA coverage expansions could particularly benefit minority communities and advance efforts to eliminate disparities. The briefing includes background on Medicaid as well as the coverage expansions, looks at health insurance coverage by race and ethnicity, and lists possible implications. The AMA Minority Affairs Section encourages physicians to view this briefing.