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10 Articles To Help HCWs Get This National Minority Health Month #VaccineReady

April 21, 2021

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April is National Minority Health Month, which recognizes health differences among underrepresented populations.

The observation was made in 1915 as a pedagogue Booker T. Washington established the National Negro Health Week, according to the NIH.

The theme of this year’s event – #VaccineReady – is “especially important” amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Ada Stewart, MD, President of the American Academy of Family Physicians, said Healio Primary Care.

“Misinformation often acts as a barrier to vaccination,” she said. “Therefore – in addition to the fair distribution of the vaccine in color communities – we must ensure access to culturally relevant communication and education, especially for people without access to technologies such as the Internet and smartphones.”

Below are 10 recent Healio stories that show how COVID-19 has exploited health inequalities and what healthcare providers are doing to address them.

Black people at higher risk of COVID-19 infection, hospitalization

Black people are twice as likely to test positive for SARS-CoV-2 and have to be hospitalized compared to white people. This emerges from a retrospective analysis published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. Continue reading.

Experts discuss ways to combat disproportionate levels of COVID-19 in the black community

Public health leaders discussed how COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting the black community and other color communities in the United States during the National Medical Association’s virtual convention. Continue reading.

The racial and ethnic differences between young people associated with pandemics have decreased over time

Racial and ethnic differences between COVID-19 in young people, which were “significant” at the start of the pandemic, decreased over time over the past year, mainly due to an increase in cases among whites, researchers at the MMWR reported. Continue reading.

Questions and Answers: Eliminating Racial Differences in COVID-19

Healio spoke to Don Bambino Geno Tai, MD, MBA, a doctor in the Infectious Diseases Department at Mayo Clinic to learn about racial differences between patients with COVID-19 and how family doctors can address them. Continue reading.

Black, Spanish, or Latin American adults are twice as likely to report poor access to COVID-19

According to an online survey, black and Hispanic or Latin American people in the US are twice as likely to report that their access to COVID-19 treatments, vaccines, and health care is worse than those of other races or ethnic groups. Continue reading.

The survey found that key groups are less accepting of the COVID-19 vaccine

According to a survey, black and Spanish Medicare beneficiaries were less likely to report receiving a COVID-19 vaccine than white recipients, although they were more likely to recognize the increased severity of COVID-19 compared to influenza. Continue reading.

Districts with high social vulnerability have lower COVID-19 vaccination rates

According to a study published in MMWR, US states with high social vulnerability had lower COVID-19 vaccination rates than counties with low social vulnerability in the first few months of adoption. Continue reading.

Experts urge colored HCWs to discuss COVID-19 vaccination with underrepresented groups

Prior to the first emergency COVID-19 vaccine approved, panel members at the National Medical Association’s virtual meeting encouraged African American and Latino health care workers to discuss COVID-19 vaccines with underrepresented groups to ensure that these groups are vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2. Continue reading.

Racial, ethnic minorities with rheumatic disease, COVID-19 are more likely to be hospitalized

Black and Hispanic patients with rheumatic diseases plus COVID-19 needed hospitalizations and mechanical ventilation more often to treat their infections than white patients, according to ACR 2020. Read more.

Who will be excluded from COVID-19 research?

While scientists are testing treatments and vaccines against COVID-19, we asked the editor of the Infectious Disease News Peter Chin-Hong, MD, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Transplant Infectious Disease Program at the University of California at San Francisco, discussed what populations to exclude from COVID-19 research and what needs to be done to make the process more inclusive. Continue reading.

References:

HHS. OMH announces theme for National Minority Health Month 2021. Https://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/omh/Content.aspx?ID=21522&lvl=2&lvlid=12. Accessed April 19, 2021

NIH. National Minority Health Month. https://www.nimhd.nih.gov/programs/edu-training/nmhm. Accessed April 19, 2021.

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