2015 News Mentions

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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.