NIMHD in the News - 2020

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Rural youth often lack access to suicide prevention services

November 10, 2020 — Researchers at Washington State University found that despite higher suicide rates among rural youth, rural areas have fewer mental health facilities that provide suicide prevention services for youths.

Al Roker's Prostate Cancer

November 10, 2020 — Roker, whose cancer was initially discovered during a routine physical exam, urges others, especially Black men, to get checked regularly, toward early discovery and treatment. The RESPOND study, supported by NIMHD and others, seeks to understand why Black men disproportionally experience aggressive prostate cancer. (Photo: Andrew Kelly for Internet Week New York)

Testing "as many people as possible" key to controlling coronavirus, NIH directors say

September 8, 2020 — Differing from recently changed COVID-19 guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, directors of some of the various National Institutes of Health said testing, particularly of asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic individuals, is key to interrupting the spread.

NIH director: COVID-19's 'heartbreaking' harm to Black and Hispanic Americans demands testing

June 23, 2020 — COVID-19's disproportionate harm on communities of color is "heartbreaking" and demands more inclusive efforts as the federal government underwrites attempts to develop a vaccine and improve testing, the head of the National Institutes of Health said.

Coronavirus, Economic Toll Threaten to Worsen Black Mortality Rates

June 13, 2020 — The new coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout threaten to exacerbate mortality rates for African-Americans, which have risen in recent years for blacks in middle age.

Policymaker action needed to eliminate COVID-19-related racial, ethnic disparities in long-term care: study

June 11, 2020 — Racial and ethnic minority users of long-term services and supports at assisted living communities, nursing homes and other settings are at increased risk during the coronavirus pandemic due to individual and system-level factors, and the barriers that increase their risk will remain without improved policies, according to researchers at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

A Top Immunologist on Why Coronavirus Is Killing More African-Americans

April 26, 2020 — James Hildreth has been waging battle against viruses for four decades—first as a Rhodes scholar earning his Ph.D. in immunology, then as a researcher and physician working to bring better medical care to the fight against AIDS, particularly for African-Americans.

The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof Names Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health a Key Global Responder to Coronavirus Pandemic

April 25, 2020 — New York Times columnist and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Nicholas Kristof today named the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health as a key organization fighting the COVID-19 pandemic on the front lines, as part of his efforts to raise awareness and support for this work.

Coronavirus batters the Navajo Nation, and it's about to get worse

April 20, 2020 — To help alleviate the frustrations, CAIH and other public health groups that have long been active on the reservation are stepping in. CAIH is building hand-washing stations for citizens without running water and delivering care packages of food, water and cleaning supplies to remote homes and the elderly.

Racism is the other virus sweeping America during this pandemic

April 20, 2020 — Racism has its own virulence that is bad for the nation’s soul and, as research has shown, is actually bad for the nation’s health.

How Many Chicago Latinos Have Died From COVID-19? There Are No Up-To-Date Numbers

April 15, 2020 — For the last 30 years, Arturo Morales slept next to the love of his life, his wife Besabe Roman.

NBC 5 Investigation Prompts Calls for Increased COVID-19 Testing, Access in Low-Income Communities

April 8, 2020 — Dallas County’s top government official says he’s working to expand COVID-19 testing in low-income, predominantly minority neighborhoods following an NBC 5 investigation that found they are where people are the most vulnerable to the dangerous virus.