Latest Health disparities News

COVID-19 cases rising faster on reservations in Minnesota

Oct. 22, 2021 09:57 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Native Americans have contracted COVID-19 at two to three times the rate of white Minnesotans over the past month, according to state health officials. There are large pockets of unvaccinated people in the 18 to 49 age range in Minnesota's tribal...

Who are the 2021 MacArthur fellows?

Sep. 28, 2021 12:45 PM EDT

Writers, artists, poets, a virologist, activists and filmmakers are among the luminaries named as this year’s MacArthur fellows. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on Tuesday announced 25 people will each receive $625,000 over five years to use as they please. The...

Jackson Heart Study appoints new director

Sep. 25, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Dr. April Carson, an epidemiologist with a history of work focused on diabetes and cardiovascular disease research, is the next director of the Jackson Heart Study. Beginning in 1998, the study is the largest and longest-running longitudinal study...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Aug. 25, 2021 13:31 PM EDT

(Columbia) The State. Aug. 20, 2021. Editorial: Can Charleston or any SC city overcome its history to become anti-racist? Among the artifacts housed at the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C. is a poster,...

Maine taps leader for new health equity office

Aug. 24, 2021 10:05 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's state health department said it has hired a policy specialist to lead its new office that will address health disparities in the state. Ian Yaffe will be the director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of...

Vietnamese community is among Mississippi’s most vaccinated

Aug. 22, 2021 00:06 AM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Before mass on a recent Tuesday afternoon, about 50 people knelt and said the rosary in the sanctuary of Biloxi’s Vietnamese Martyrs Church in Biloxi. Looking out over the crowd, the Rev. John Thang Pham said all of the worshipers had been...

CDC urges COVID vaccines during pregnancy as delta surges

Aug. 11, 2021 14:16 PM EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged all pregnant women Wednesday to get the COVID-19 vaccine as hospitals in hot spots around the U.S. see disturbing numbers of unvaccinated mothers-to-be seriously ill with the virus. Expectant women run a higher risk of...

Delaware honors first Black female transplant surgeon in US

Aug. 07, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

PIKE CREEK, Del. (AP) — Dr. Velma Scantlebury became the first female African American surgeon to specialize in transplant surgery in the United States in 1989, and now, she has been honored locally with the Delaware History Makers Award. The only female African...

Black women, across generations, heed Biles’ Olympic example

Aug. 04, 2021 11:39 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Osaka. Simone Biles. Both are prominent young Black women under the pressure of a global Olympic spotlight that few human beings ever know. Both have faced major career crossroads at the Tokyo Games. Both cited pressure and mental health. The glare...

AP-NORC poll: Inequity in community support for older adults

Jul. 28, 2021 09:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Americans believe their communities are doing a good job meeting the needs of older adults, but white people may be better equipped than people of color to age within their communities, according to a new survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs...