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News Roundup | Week of December 4, 2017

By Megan Bedford on 12/8/17 3:34 PM

Black Women Are Dying In Childbirth Due to Unconscious Bias

Black women are far more likely than white women to die of childbirth-related complications—and the gap is widening. In fact, the disproportionate number of black maternal deaths in the U.S. is one of the reasons our overall maternal mortality rate is so high compared to countries with similar economies.

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News Roundup | Week of November 27, 2017

By Megan Bedford on 12/1/17 4:52 PM

Cultural Competency is a Pathway to Health Equity

In the United States, a person's access to quality healthcare can be affected by income, education, language barriers, and other obstacles. Health inequity impacts life expectancy and quality of life, and it places a financial burden on all tax payers. While many Americans are aware of this problem, it can be difficult to understand how health inequity comes about—and even harder to know how to address it.

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What Are Leading Organizations Doing to Achieve Health Equity?

By Megan Bedford on 9/28/17 1:07 PM

This has been a banner year for Moffitt Cancer Center, with five national distinctions honoring their steadfast commitment to equitable care, including recent recognition from the American Hospital Association (AHA) naming Moffitt an Equity of Care Award honoree.

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Case Study: Cross-Cultural Issues in Mental Health

By Alexander Green, MD, MPH on 8/24/17 1:47 PM

Maria Pérez is a 46 year-old woman, originally from the Dominican Republic, who reports to her primary care provider (PCP) because she has been feeling fatigued and dizzy for several months. Exploring this further, Mrs. Pérez acknowledges that she has also had trouble sleeping and has been feeling less "herself" lately. She has lost some weight.

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Case Study: Disability & Health Equity

By Alexander Green, MD, MPH on 8/2/17 2:30 PM

Gary Jenkins is a 71-year-old African American man who has always been able to manage his own affairs, despite being blind since birth. However, when he developed prostate cancer, he realized that he was at a major disadvantage.

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5 Tips for Working with Interpreters

By Kate Chai-Onn on 8/2/17 2:30 PM

Effective communication is essential to the healthcare interactions at all levels. When patients have limited-English proficiency (LEP), or speak different languages, it is nearly impossible for clear communication to take place. Interpreters provide an essential bridge to effective communication with LEP patients, however, simply having a qualified interpreter in the room (or on the phone) will not automatically guarantee success. Make the most of interpreter-mediated patient interactions with our five tips for working with interpreters.

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What is Health Literacy?

By Megan Bedford on 8/2/17 2:29 PM

Health literacy describes one's ability to obtain and understand the medical information needed to make informed healthcare decisions. This includes the ability to understand medical explanations of symptoms and illnesses; follow directions for medications, tests, and procedures; and ask relevant questions.

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