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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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July 2017

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.

July 2017

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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