4171.0: Tuesday, November 14, 2000: 2:30 PM-4:00 PM

Double Jeopardy: Health Disparities for Women Within Racial & Ethnic Populations

In his radio address on 2/21/98, President Clinton committed the nation to an ambitious goal by the year 2010: eliminate the disparities in health status experienced by racial and ethnic minority populations. The DHHS has selected six focus areas: Infant mortality; cancer screening and management; cardiovascular disease; diabetes; HIV/AIDS; and immunizations. While these are important issues for all members of minority groups, they hold special meaning for women. Any efforts to eliminate these disparities must emphasize the special needs of women of color, who are at greatest risk for poverty, low educational attainment, and social and logistical barriers to care. Any major national commitment to identify and address the underlying causes of higher levels of disease and disability in racial and ethnic minority communities requires a focus on the role of women, who in addition to their own health, often bear a greater responsiblity for the health of children and elders. This session will address areas of disparity and the importance of policy and cultural competence in effectively improving the health status of women and families
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Organizer(s):Dena E. Dickinson, RN, MS
Al Golden
Sponsor:APHA-Committee on Women's Rights

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA