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February 6, 2017: Diversity and Inclusion at HHS

Sexual and Gender Minorities Formally Designated as a Health Disparity Population for Research Purposes, (pg. 5)

On behalf of many colleagues who have worked together to make today possible, I am proud to announce the formal designation of sexual and gender minorities (SGMs) as a health disparity population for research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

February 6, 2017: BU Today

SPH Symposium Tackles Health Inequities

Despite all the inroads made in reducing health inequities over the past three decades, glaring gaps in research and understanding about the ways that interpersonal, structural, and internalized racism affect health outcomes remain.

January 30, 2017: UT Southwestern Medical Center

MLK Commemorative Celebration promotes diversity, justice and service

The 2017 commemoration at UT Southwestern Medical Center of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. highlighted the importance of service to the community, diversity in science and medicine, and promoting justice in various aspects of society, including health care.

January 23, 2017: Reuters

Language may impact diabetes care for Latinos with limited English

Latino patients with limited English skills may be less likely to take prescribed diabetes medications than other diabetics in the U.S. even when they see Spanish-speaking doctors, a recent study suggests.

January 9, 2017: NeoMundo

Study: One in Every Three UBA Medical Students Smokes (En Español)

According to a recent Journal of General Internal Medicine article, approximately one in three students and recent graduates of the University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine is a smoker, which can interfere with their role in promoting tobacco cessation. Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable contributed to this report.

December 6, 2016: NTN24 TV’s Science, Health and Technology program

What is the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities? (En Español)

Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable shares why having an Institute dedicated to researching minority health and health disparities is vital for improving the health of the Hispanic/Latino population in the United States and how his vision for NIMHD can help shape the future of healthcare for Hispanics/Latinos and other minority groups.

September 7, 2016: Washington Post

This doctor breaks down language and cultural barriers to health care

His experiences as a young immigrant proved pivotal for Pérez-Stable, who grew up to become a physician and scientist, whose research has documented the impact of language barriers and other issues on the health of Latinos. At 64, he leads the National Institutes of Health’s division for funding and guiding minority health research.

May 16, 2016: Univision – (Transcript in English)

Univision Noticias Washington DC Special Report: Clinical Trials (En Español): Part 1 and Part 2

In the United States, clinical trials have been carried out for decades. However, most participants of the trials to test medications and treatments in human beings have been White and, therefore, the reaction many medications would have on Latinos/Hispanics or other race/ethnic groups remains unknown.

May 1, 2016: Insight Into Diversity

A Chronic Condition: Diversity in Medical Studies is Key to Reducing Health Disparities

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, 16.4 million uninsured Americans have gained healthcare coverage; the largest increases are in African American and Latino communities, with 6.5 million adults gaining coverage. But the extent to which these and other minority populations are benefitting from a healthcare system informed predominantly by research on people of white European backgrounds is up for debate.

Spring 2016: NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine

Reducing Health Disparities

Dr. Eliseo Perez-Stable shares why having an Institute dedicated to researching minority health and health disparities is vital for improving the health of all Americans.

Winter/Spring 2016: Diversity and Inclusion at HHS

NIMHD Expands Innovative Program to Hispanic Youth

Fuel Up to Play 60, an in-school nutrition and physical activity program, is empowering children to make healthier food choices and get up and “play” for at least 60 minutes a day. The program, which is coordinated by the GENYOUth Foundation through collaboration between the National Football League, the National Dairy Council, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is the largest of its kind, with initiatives in more than 73,000 schools.

February 23, 2016: Diálogo

The Latino Doctor who watches out for minority health in clinical research (En Español)

When it was time to lead the global efforts in minority health research in the United States, Doctor Eliseo Pérez-Stable did not hesitate. After all, he had been training for decades for that precise moment. “During my career, working with minorities and Latinos in the United States, I have seen a great deal. I have been in the field for many years,” expressed the Doctor, who was in Puerto Rico last week visiting the Medical Science Campus at the University of Puerto Rico in his capacity as Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, NIMHD.

January 18, 2016: Conversations on Health Care Radio - (Audio and Transcript)

Dr. Pérez-Stable's discusses challenges and insights on strategies for improving health care disparities.

December 12, 2015: Environmental Health Perspectives

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Research Studies, The Challenge of Creating More Diverse Cohorts

Minority Populations are much less likely than their white counterparts to be included in studies on environmentally related diseases, even those that disproportionately affect minority communities.

November 10, 2015: The Lancet

Profile: NIMHD—NIH's institute for minority health

For many Americans, health disparities are a fact of life—and death. Compared with white people, minorities are more likely to have and die from obesity, hypertension, heart attacks, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.

October 20, 2015: Newsweek

The Racial Discrimination Embedded in Modern Medicine (En Español)

Racial and ethnic backgrounds can affect disease risk and how people respond to particular drugs. In the Netherlands, a man participates in Helius, a large study examing the differences in health between various ethnic and cultural groups. In the United States, minority groups have traditionally been left out of mainstream medical testing.

October 15, 2015: Eurek Alert

Trained medical interpreters can reduce errors in care for patients with limited English proficiency

For patients with limited English proficiency (LEP), errors in medical interpretation are common--especially when the interpreter is a family member or other untrained person, reports a new study.

October 14, 2015: Huffington Post

Empowering Healthy, High-Achieving Hispanic Youth

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has joined several health and nutrition organizations to partner on this important public health effort. The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) is helping expand the reach of Fuel Up to Play 60 among Spanish-speaking communities through the new Fuel Up to Play 60 en Español initiative.

September 1, 2015: Science

Q&A: Incoming director charts new course for NIH's minority health institute

In 2000, Congress created a center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the relatively high rates of disease such as diabetes in African Americans and Latinos. A decade later, lawmakers expanded the center to an institute, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). This month, physician Eliseo Perez-Stable will take the helm of NIMHD whose founding director John Ruffin retired last year.