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May 18, 2019: News Medical Life Sciences

Using health IT to reduce disparities in healthcare

"Health IT has tremendous potential for promoting health equity for racial and ethnic minorities as well as other disparity populations," according to an editorial by Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD.

March 18, 2019: NPR, Latino USA

Lack of Latino Representation in Health Studies and Clinical Trials Could Have Negative Impacts, Advocates Say

While Latinos represent close to 18 percent of the population in the United States, fewer than five percent participate in clinical trials. For advocates who push for greater participation in the Latino community, this is a problem, and being left out could have a significant negative impact.

March 1, 2019: 90.3 WCPN

Some Progress But Much More To Be Done To Address Racial Disparities In Cancer

Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable speaks about narrowing the cancer racial disparity gap during a presentation at Case Comprehensive Cancer Center.

December 11, 2018: HSC News

Minority health disparities underlined at Dean’s Distinguished Lecturer series.

During the 2018 Dean’s Distinguished Lecturer Series at USC’s Keck School of Medicine, Dr. Pérez-Stable discussed minority engagement with the health care community, and explained how the health statistics and issues for many minority groups have been under-investigated.

September 29, 2018: USA Today

Understanding your Latin heritage can improve your health

Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable: The diversity of this expanding group presents researchers with the opportunity to study health disparities in Latinos from all backgrounds, with the goal of understanding why their life expectancies are longer and develop approaches to preserve this trend.

September 25, 2018: U.S. News & World Report

The Relationship of Race to Community Health

A decade and a half ago, a landmark study explored how racial and ethnic minorities face disparities in health care quality, even after accounting for socioeconomic differences.

August 2, 2018: Tennessee Tribune

10K Black Men Sought for Study on Prostate Cancer

This study, which is combining state-of-the-art molecular approaches with social and environmental science, will help unravel the complex interactions of biological, behavioral, and environmental factors that contribute to excess prostate cancer burden and poorer outcomes in African-American men, allowing development of tailored approaches for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment in this population.

June 27, 2018: SHPT Blog

Communicating the Value of Race and Ethnicity in Research

Dr. Pérez-Stable authored a blog post for the Science, Health, and Public Trust section of the NIH website. He communicates the importance of including minorities in research.

Spring 2018: Diversity and Inclusion at HHS

A Look at Key Factors in Minority Health and Health Disparities Research

Dr. Pérez-Stable authored an article for the HHS Spring 2018 newsletter, which outlines NIMHD’s commitment to the health concerns of minority health and health disparities populations - on page 9.

March 26, 2018: MedPage Today

Minorities Not Visible in Clinical Trials, Medical Schools Much is misunderstood about Latino health, says NIH official

Dr. Pérez-Stable addressed an audience of physicians, researchers and leaders at the 22nd Annual Conference, “Conquistando el Futuro: Clinicians Leading Latino Health Care,” hosted by the National Hispanic Medical Association.

February 22, 2018: Spectrum News, Austin

Cancer Rates Continue to Climb in Latino Population

Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable addresses attendees of the inaugural Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos conference in San Antonio, discussing the varied backgrounds of Latinos and the differences between the various Latino national origin groups, which can help determine ways to decrease the risk for developing cancer.

January 17, 2018: NBC 29 WVIR-TV

Healthcare Leaders Hold Discussion on Closing Racial Disparities

Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable led Thursday's discussion at the Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center speaking about the importance of working towards equity and inclusion in the healthcare field.

Winter 2017: NIH MedlinePlus Magazine

Refining Our Understanding of Cancer Among Latinos

Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable shares how understanding the differences between Latinos and the U.S. population at large, and the differences between the various Latino national origin groups, can help determine ways to decrease the risk for developing diseases like cancer.

December 4, 2017: AAMC News

NIMHD Takes the Lead in Expanding the Science of Minority Health and Health Disparities

While the existence of health disparities in the United States is a robustly researched and documented fact, pinpointing the reasons why such gaps exist has proven more complicated. That pursuit, however, has turned health disparities and minority health research into scientific disciplines in their own right. “In the early days [of health disparities research], there was a big focus on existence and intervention—there was an understandable push to do something about it,” says Eliseo Pérez-Stable, MD, director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). “But what are the root causes? What’s the mechanism for seeing the differences?”

July 2017: QIO News

Ten Fast Facts About Health Disparities

At the May 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research in Washington, D.C., the director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)—Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD—shared findings from the institute's latest research priorities: disparities and tobacco control.

July 19, 2017: El Tiempo Latino

Latinos are left out of medical studies ... and possible cures (En Español)

Two decades ago, Luis Antonio Cabrera received devastating news: he was told that he had three months to live. The Puerto Rican truck driver, who was then 50, had attributed his growing pain in his leg to spending so many hours on the road. But the diagnosis was more serious than a simple muscular tension: he had cancer in the left kidney, and they had to remove the organ, a complex surgery that, on top, was not enough, since the bad cells had spread in the lung.

July 19, 2017: Kaiser Health News

Latinos Left Out Of Clinical Trials … And Possible Cures

Two decades ago, Luis Antonio Cabrera received devastating news: He likely had only three months to live. The Puerto Rican truck driver, then 50, had attributed his growing leg pain to spending so many hours on the road. The real culprit was a malignant tumor in his left kidney that was pressing on nerves from his lower spine.

July 3, 2017: The CenterWatch Monthly

Revisiting patient diversity in clinical trials

Minority groups have historically been excluded from clinical research, an inequity that has led to well-documented public health problems in which therapies tested primarily in Caucasian patients do not work as well in other ethnic and racial groups.

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 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.