Despite some progress in reducing health disparities, systematic differences in health status and health outcomes persist for low-income individuals, communities of color, LGBTQ people, and other vulnerable populations. Health philanthropy plays a critical role in elevating and supporting strategies to eliminate health disparities. GIH works to inform and advise funders about opportunities to address health disparities and also highlights promising practices to advance health equity.
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A recent study in the journal Pediatrics examines racial disparities in obesity and hypertension rates. The study used data from school-based blood pressure and BMI screenings and found African American and Hispanic adolescents had the highest rates of obesity and hypertension. Researchers also found that childhood obesity was a stronger predictor of hypertension in adulthood among Hispanics and white youth.
A recent article in The Atlantic explores the barriers transgender people face in receiving medical care. Research shows many doctors are not educated about the health needs of transgender people and lack adequate training about how to provide culturally competent and sensitive care. Transgender patients also routinely experience bias and discrimination by health care providers.
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Supporting Young Men and Boys of Color: Targeting as a Case for Health Equity
May 17, 2016
Maisha Simmons, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Stanford Social Innovation Review: Innovations in Health Equity
February 18, 2016
¡Que Viva! Latinos and Health Care in the South
April 21, 2015
Ann McMillan, Grantmakers In Health
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