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Healthcare disparities and heart disease
22 February 2010
You might think heart disease doesn’t affect you personally, but you probably know someone who has suffered a heart attack or has heart disease. Racial and ethnic minority groups have higher rates of cardiovascular disease than non-minorities. Learn the facts, be aware, and join the cause to help reduce the number of deaths in the United States.
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Did you know that depending on where you live, your socioeconomic status, race, or gender, the quality of medical treatment you receive can vary dramatically?
In June 2008, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced a $300 million community-focused program, Aligning Forces for Quality, to dramatically improve the quality of U.S. health care, reduce racial and ethnic disparities, and provide models for national reform.
Lynne Holden, M.D., President of Mentoring in Medicine, Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and recipient of the 2009 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leader Award, works tirelessly to educate and raise awareness about heart disease. Dr. Holden hopes to reduce health care disparities by improving health literacy in minority communities. In addition to the various hats she wears, she and her Mentoring in Medicine students are also actively involved in the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Campaign. Dr. Holden says, “I ‘go red for’ future health care professionals who will help prevent and treat heart disease.”
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