Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013
For Minority Physicians
Focus on weight maintenance, not loss, may benefit black women
Few weight-loss treatments produce clinically meaningful weight-loss outcomes among overweight black women, particularly in the primary care setting. New weight management strategies are necessary for this population.
A weight-management intervention that emphasized prevention of weight gain, rather than weight loss, achieved the goal for the majority of overweight and obese African-American women, who maintained their weight for 18 months. Read more about this study in JAMA Internal Medicine.
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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.