Category: Health Equity

National Minority Health Month: Better Health Through Better Understanding

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When I was in dental school, my classmates and I learned to practice dentistry in a big clinic arranged in cubicles. A shared countertop separated back-to-back cubicles. Above the counter hung a set of cabinets. This afforded some privacy with our patients but not much. During one of our early days in the clinic, after Read More >

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A Black History Moment: HBCUs and Their Influence on CDC’s Health Equity Journey

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  Fisk University. Morehouse College. Tuskegee University. Howard University. At first glance, this may appear to be a list of a few of the nation’s distinguished Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). While that’s true, together they also tell a story about the strength, connection, legacy, and importance of HBCUs as part of CDC’s quest Read More >

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Community is Key to Success of Vaccination Outreach Held at LGBTQ+ and Pride Events

Since August 2022, CDC has worked with communities to provide monkeypox vaccines to the public through innovative channels, including LGBTQ+ events. In planning for these events, CDC worked closely with state and local health departments to vaccinate everyone who wished to be vaccinated before and during each LGBTQ+ event, including impromptu vaccination clinics at bars Read More >

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In His Own Words: Gendered Racism through the Lens of a Black Man

What is gendered racism? As a social epidemiologist drawing upon the literature, I would define gendered racism as a system—consisting of structures, policies, practices, and norms—that assigns value and determines opportunity based on a person’s gender and race. I would explain that gendered racism produces amplified experiences that are different from experiences of racism or Read More >

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Gendered Racism Among Women of Color

What is gendered racism? When thinking of “–isms,” or systems of oppression, many often think of single constructs that operate independently like ingredients in a salad. Examples include how racism impacts individuals based on their race alone or how sexism impacts individuals related to their sex or gender – such as wage gaps between men Read More >

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Standing Up a Test to Treat Model During a Surge of COVID-19 Cases

“When a person is diagnosed with COVID-19, the window of time for them to receive antivirals or monoclonal antibodies is limited. We are eliminating access barriers and misinformation that prevent patients to quickly receive COVID-19 treatments to help decrease their risk of hospitalization,” said Dr. Sonia Ortiz Flores, physician leading the Bayamon Test to Treat Read More >

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Addressing Disparities in Alzheimer’s Disease

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Did you know that Black and Latino adults are at much higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) than White adults? And this disparity is expected to grow: CDC projects that cases of ADRD will increase seven-fold among Latino adults and four-fold among Black adults by 2060. In addition, Black and Latino adults Read More >

Posted on by Karen Hacker, MD, MPH and Tisamarie Sherry, MD, Ph.D.2 CommentsTags , , ,

Stories from the Field: Conversations on COVID-19 Prevention with 3 Exemplary Charter Schools

CDC has ongoing relationships with charter schools (tuition-free schools of choice that are publicly funded but independently run) across the United States. These relationships allow charter schools to share insights on COVID-19 prevention strategies and health disparities facing students and CDC to offer information on how schools can address health barriers. Ongoing conversations strengthen CDC’s awareness Read More >

Posted on by Jasmine Gaillard, MPH, Osizwe Raena Harwell, MS.ED, Ph.D., Hailey Reid, MA, MPH, Sarah Neale, MPH, CHES1 CommentTags , ,

Stories From The Field: REACHing Multnomah County

Joy could be felt in the air after the success of the first REACHing US COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic in Multnomah County, Oregon. Friends were excited to greet each other once again, choosing high fives instead of hugs, and to share familiar foods, like sweet potato pie. Multnomah County, a diverse community of 800,000 people, includes Read More >

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Give Your Community a Boost!

Communities play an integral role in many aspects of our lives. The COVID-19 pandemic has served as a case study for how resilient we can be and our determination to stay connected to our communities even during these challenging times. In April, we acknowledge National Minority Health Month (NMHM) to bring awareness to health disparities Read More >

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