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Resources by Topic: Minorities

Disparities in Years of Potential Life Lost Among Racial and Ethnic Groups in Washington State
Explores rates of premature mortality among racial and ethnic minorities in Washington State. Compares rates of potential life lost for people of non-Hispanic Black, American Indian and Alaska Native, Asian, Pacific Islander, Hispanic, and multiracial groups to the rates of the non-Hispanic White population. Highlights rurality as a factor as well.
Author(s): Solmaz Amiri, Sandte L. Stanley, Justin T. Denney, Dedra Buchwald
Citation: Archives of Public Health, 80, 211
Date: 09/2022
Type: Document
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Achieving Health Equity in US Suicides: A Narrative Review and Commentary
Discusses suicide mortality disparities by different demographics, such as age, race, veteran status, and rurality, among others. Tracks suicide rates from 1999-2019 and highlights rates by specific demographic group.
Author(s): Seth W. Perry, Jacob C. Rainey, Stephen Allison, et al.
Citation: BMC Public Health, 22, 1360
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
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Mapping the Intersections of Poverty, Race and COVID-19
Features data from more than 3,200 counties to connect information about COVID-19 deaths to demographic characteristics including income, race, health insurance status, and more. Includes an interactive county-level mapping tool.
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Poor People's Campaign
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CMS Health Equity Symposium
Recording of a CMS Office of Minority Health symposium held on April 28, 2022 discussing health equity initiatives in Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Health Insurance Marketplaces. Mentions efforts to increase healthcare access for rural Americans.
Additional links: Slide deck, Transcript
Date: 04/2022
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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The Problem Of The Color Line: Spatial Access To Hospital Services For Minoritized Racial And Ethnic Groups
Study examining inequities in access to healthcare by race and geography, covering distances to hospital services for minoritized ZIP Code Tabulation Areas (ZTCAs). Discusses factors that lead to disparities in access for rural minority communities, including policy, rural hospital closures, and safety-net program issues.
Additional links: Story Map: The Problem Of The Color Line
Author(s): Jan M. Eberth, Peiyin Hung, Gabriel A. Benavidez, et al.
Citation: Health Affairs, 41(2), 237-246
Date: 02/2022
Type: Document
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Environmental Scan of Evidence-Based Promising Practices & Strategies to Improve Vaccine Acceptance Among Racial and Ethnic Minority, Rural and other Underserved Groups
Offers evaluations and recommendations for evidence-based, promising practices and strategies to improve vaccine acceptance among rural and underserved groups. Uses information from a rapid environmental scan and analysis of published literature including peer-reviewed journal articles, commentary articles, and impact reports.
Author(s): Ankit Sanghavi, Afrida Faria, Cody Price, Aila Prieto
Date: 12/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Health Institute
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Health Disparities in Rural Women
Discusses the health disparities that exist for rural women in all categories of women's health, including obstetric and gynecologic outcomes and access to care. Covers programs to improve healthcare services for rural women and recommendations to reduce health disparities.
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
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Presidential COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force Final Report and Recommendations
Report examining the impacts of COVID-19 on communities of color, tribal communities, rural and remote populations, and underserved communities through a health equity lens, offering proposed actions and outcomes to guide future federal health equity efforts. Highlights community organizations and community-based programs, including rural examples.
Additional links: Presidential COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force Proposed Implementation Plan and Accountability Framework
Date: 10/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health
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The United States Is Becoming More Racially Diverse – And so Is Rural America
Analyzes initial data from the 2020 Census on race and ethnicity in rural America. Compares changes in race and ethnicity in rural areas between 2000 through 2020. Offers maps of the top two most prevalent race or ethnicity groups by county in 2020. Includes six other maps showing county-level population data in 2010 and 2020 for the following: White non-Hispanic, Hispanic, Black, Native American, Asian, and multi-race populations.
Author(s): Lance George, Natasha Moodie, Keith Wiley, Elijah Asdourian, Evelyn Immonen
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
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Leveraging Evidence-Based Policies to Improve Health, Control Costs, and Create Health Equity
Explores health inequities and healthcare access in marginalized populations, including racial and ethnic minority groups, sexual and gender minorities, people living in poverty and in rural communities, and people formerly incarcerated. Discusses strategies and policies to reduce inequities focused on access to healthcare, economic mobility, affordable housing, safe learning environments for young adults and children, and health-promoting excise taxes.
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Trust for America's Health
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