OCOE Resources

The Office of Community Outreach and Engagement (OCOE) has compiled an extensive list of resources and information on a variety of cancer health disparities topics. See below to learn more about data, research and findings at a state or national level, as well as by population groups.

Washington State Resources

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Ethnomed

Harborview Medical Center's ethnic medicine website contains medical and cultural information about immigrant and refugee groups. Information is specific to groups in the Seattle area, but much of the cultural and health information is applicable in other geographic areas.

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Washington State Board of Health: Governor’s Interagency Council on Health Disparities

The Governor’s Interagency Council on Health Disparities is responsible for identifying priorities and creating recommendations for the Governor and Legislature to eliminate health disparities by race/ethnicity and gender in Washington.

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Washington State Department of Health: Center for Health Statistics

The Center for Health Statistics provides access to current, high quality health data that covers deaths, births, pregnancy rates, abortion rates and behavioral risk factors. Data are used by policy makers, health professionals, community-based organizations and researchers to understand trends, identify high risk populations and geographic areas, set prevention priorities and plan targeted health promotion strategies. The Center also provides data on the financial performance of Washington hospitals.

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Washington State Department of Health: State Cancer Registry

Cancer incidence and mortality data are available by site and region from 1993–2015. Data requests are welcome, or you may access county and statewide incidence and mortality data online.

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Washington State Department of Health: Washington Cancer Partnership

In 2001, the Washington State Department of Health formed the Comprehensive Cancer Control Partnership. The name changed to Washington CARES About Cancer Partnership, then shortened to Washington Cancer Partnership in 2015. With a better understanding of the common underlying issues related to maintaining health, the Washington Cancer Partnership collapsed 14 state plans, one of which was the Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan, into one Washington State Plan for Healthy Communities. This statewide plan aligns priorities and strategies with national, state and local prevention efforts and serves as a road-map for implementing chronic disease prevention efforts in our communities.

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Washington (State and County) Census of Agriculture Profiles

The Census of Agriculture, taken every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is a complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. The Census looks at land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income and expenditures, and many other areas. Get current and past Census of Agriculture data from the Quick Stats database.

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National Resources

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

AHRQ invests in research and evidence to make health care safer and improve quality; their evidence-based tools and resources are used to improve the quality, safety, effectiveness and efficiency of health care in the United States.

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AHRQ: National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Report

Since 2003, the AHRQ has produced the annual National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report which presents trends for measures related to access to care, affordable care, care coordination, effective treatment, healthy living, patient safety and person-centered care. The report presents, in chart form, the latest available findings on quality of and access to healthcare, as well as disparities related to race and ethnicity, income and other social determinants of health. These reports to Congress are mandated in the Healthcare Research and Quality Act of 1999. View current and past reports on the AHRQ website.

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American Cancer Society (ACS): Cancer Facts & Statistics

The ACS projects the numbers of new cancer cases and deaths expected each year in order to estimate the contemporary cancer burden, because cancer incidence and mortality data lag three to four years behind the current year. In addition, the regularly updated Facts & Statistics publications present the most current trends in cancer occurrence and survival, as well as information on symptoms, prevention, early detection and treatment.

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American Medical Association (AMA): Eliminating Health Disparities Resources

Recent studies have shown that despite the improvements in the overall health of the country, racial and ethnic minorities experience a lower quality of health care — they are less likely to receive routine medical care and face higher rates of morbidity and mortality than non-minorities. The American Medical Association (AMA) encourages physicians to examine their own practices to ensure equality in medical care.

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The Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF)

Since 1948, the AECF has been devoted to developing brighter futures for millions of children at risk of poor educational, economic, social and health outcomes. Their work focuses on strengthening families, building stronger communities and ensuring access to opportunity, because children need all three to succeed. As a private philanthropy, they make grants that help federal agencies, states, counties, cities and neighborhoods create more innovative, cost-effective responses to the issues that negatively affect children: poverty, unnecessary disconnection from family and communities with limited access to opportunity.

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The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA)

The ARDA strives to democratize access to the best data on religion. Founded in 1997, the initial archive was targeted at researchers interested in American religion. Both the targeted audience and data collection have greatly expanded, and now include American and international collections and features for educators, journalists, religious congregations and researchers. Data included in the ARDA are submitted by the foremost religion scholars and research centers in the world. There are over 1,000 data files in the collection.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC works with national cancer organizations, state health agencies and other key groups to develop, implement and promote effective strategies for prevention and controlling cancer. Data/statistics and information on health disparities and survivorship are available.

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CDC: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

The BRFSS is the nation’s premier system of health-related telephone surveys that collect state data about U.S. residents regarding their health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, and use of preventive services. Established in 1984, BRFSS currently collects data in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. BRFSS completes more than 400,000 adult interviews each year, making it the largest continuously conducted health survey system in the world.

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CDC: Health Disparities in Cancer

CDC's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC) monitors trends in cancer incidence and mortality, and identifies which populations are disproportionately affected by the disease.

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CDC: Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQOL)

The HRQOL program in CDC’s Division of Population Health provides expertise and support in population HRQOL and well-being assessment to CDC, states, communities and other public health partners. The primary responsibilities for the program are to carry out surveillance and dissemination of HRQOL and well-being outcomes in the United States using state and national surveys. The program’s other responsibilities include carrying out epidemiological studies, assessing risk factors and health disparities associated with HRQOL and well-being, disseminating these findings, and partnering with the academic community on research development (studies, methodology, data and sample software syntax) for CDC’s HRQOL and well-being measures.

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CDC: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP)

CDC’s NCCDPHP works to reduce the risk factors for chronic diseases, especially for groups affected by disparities in health across different geographic, racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Access chronic disease data and publications.

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CDC: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

The mission of the NCHS is to provide statistical information that will guide actions and policies to improve the health of the American people. As the Nation's principal health statistics agency, NCHS leads the way with accurate, relevant and timely data.

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CDC: National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP)

Comprehensive cancer control is a collaborative process through which a community and its partners pool resources to reduce the burden of cancer. NCCCP provides the funding, guidance and technical assistance that programs use to design and implement impactful, strategic and sustainable plans to prevent and control cancer. The CDC supports cancer control programs in 50 states, the District of Columbia, eight tribal organizations and seven U.S. Associated Pacific Islands/territories.

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CDC: National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR)

NPCR collects data on cancer occurrence (including the type, extent and location of the cancer), the type of initial treatment and outcomes. Together, CDC’s NPCR and the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program collect data for the entire U.S. population. This national coverage enables researchers, clinicians, policy makers, public health professionals and members of the public to monitor the burden of cancer, evaluate the successes of programs and identify additional needs for cancer prevention and control efforts at national, state and local levels.

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CDC: Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE)

The Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHE) coordinates the CDC's response to White House Executive Orders and HHS health disparity initiatives, monitors and reports on the health status of vulnerable populations and the effectiveness of health protection program, initiates and maintains strategic partnerships with governmental, non-governmental, national and regional organizations to advance science, practice and workforce for eliminating health disparities, and provides leadership for CDC-wide policies, strategies, action planning and evaluation to eliminate health disparities.

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CDC: Racial & Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH)

REACH is a national program administered by the CDC to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities. Through REACH, awardee partners plan and carry out local, culturally appropriate programs to address a wide range of health issues among African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asian Americans, Alaska Natives and Pacific Islanders.

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County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The annual rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play. They provide a starting point for change in communities.

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The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program

The DHS project is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Since 1984, this project has provided technical assistance to more than 400 surveys in over 90 countries, advancing global understanding of health and population trends in developing countries.

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Dignity Health: Community Need Index (CNI)

Dignity Health pioneered the nation's first Community Need Index, which maps the level of community health need for every zip code in the United States. A foundational tool for public health planning, this web site lets you draw your community’s CNI map.

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CDC: Health Disparities in Cancer

CDC's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC) monitors trends in cancer incidence and mortality, and identifies which populations are disproportionately affected by the disease.

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Diversity Data

Through this portal, hosted by Brandeis University, you can create customized reports describing over 100 measures of diversity, opportunity and quality of life for 362 metropolitan areas.

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Food and Drug Administration Consumer Information for Minority Health

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Healthy People

Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. Access 10-year agenda topics and objectives, get ideas for implementing Healthy People in local communities and access data through this link.

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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF)

KFF is a non-profit organization focusing on national health issues, as well as the U.S. role in global health policy. Unlike grant-making foundations, Kaiser develops and runs its own policy analysis, journalism and communications programs, sometimes in partnership with major news organizations. They serve as a non-partisan source of facts, analysis and journalism for policymakers, the media, the health policy community and the public. Their product is information, always provided free of charge — from the most sophisticated policy research, to basic facts and numbers, to in depth health policy news coverage, to information young people can use to improve their health or the general public can use to understand the health reform law.

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Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent population health research center at UW Medicine, part of the University of Washington, that provides rigorous and comparable measurement of the world's most important health problems and evaluates the strategies used to address them. IHME makes this information freely available so policymakers have the evidence they need to make informed decisions about how to allocate resources to best improve population health.

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Intercultural Cancer Council (ICC)

The ICC promotes policies, programs, partnerships and research to eliminate the unequal burden of cancer among racial and ethnic minorities and medically underserved populations in the United States and its associated territories.

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KFF: State Health Facts

State Health Facts is a project of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and provides free, up-to-date and easy-to-use health data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. In some cases, data are available for counties, territories, and other geographies. State Health Facts is comprised of more than 800 health indicators and provides users with the ability to map, rank, trend and download data. Data come from a variety of public and private sources, including Kaiser Family Foundation reports, public websites, government surveys and reports, and private organizations. Data presented on State Health Facts are updated or added as new data become available; the update schedule varies from indicator to indicator.

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MedlinePlus®

MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions and wellness issues in a language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

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Modern Language Association (MLA) Language Map

The MLA interactive Language Map is intended for use by students, teachers and anyone interested in learning about the linguistic and cultural composition of the United States. The Language Map uses aggregated data from the 2006–10 American Community Survey to display the locations and numbers of speakers of thirty languages commonly spoken in the United States.

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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine: Health and Medicine Division (HMD)

In its work around select populations, the HMD examines significant health concerns that may affect groups of individuals categorized by common occupation, environment, health condition or characteristics, or a shared exposure to a unique health risk. Of particular note are the HMD’s efforts around racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care.

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National Cancer Institute (NCI)
The NCI is the federal government's principal agency for cancer research and training. NCI leads, conducts and supports cancer research across the nation to advance scientific knowledge and help all people live longer, healthier lives.

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NCI: Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD)

CRCHD is central to NCI’s efforts to reduce the unequal burden of cancer in our society via basic and community research, as well as networks, and to train the next generation of competitive researchers from diverse populations in cancer and cancer health disparities research.

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NCI: Cancer Health Disparities Portal

This portal provides information from NCI regarding cancer health disparities research, training and outreach, information related to cancer incidence, mortality and survival, and articles and other resources about cancer awareness aimed at minority and underserved populations.

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NCI: Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS)

HINTS was created to monitor changes in the rapidly evolving field of health communication. The survey data can be used to understand how adults use different communication channels to obtain health information for themselves and their loved ones, and to create more effective health communication strategies across populations. HINTS data are available for public use.

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NCI: Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER)

SEER is a premier source for cancer statistics in the United States. The program collects data on cancer cases from various locations and sources throughout the United States. The web site is intended for anyone interested in U.S. cancer statistics or cancer surveillance methods.

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NCI: Health Disparities Calculator (HD*Calc)

HD*Calc is statistical software designed to generate multiple summary measures to evaluate and monitor health disparities. HD*Calc was created as an extension of SEER*Stat that allows the user to import SEER data or other population-based health data and calculate any of eleven disparity measurements.

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National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities:

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Pew Research Center

The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan "fact tank" that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. It does so by conducting public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven research. It does not take policy positions.

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Pew Research Center: Social & Demographic Trends

The Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends project studies behaviors and attitudes of Americans in key realms of their lives, including family, community, health, finance, work and leisure. The project explores these topics by combining original public opinion survey research with social, economic and demographic data analysis.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

The nation’s largest philanthropy devoted solely to health. Program areas focus on: health systems, healthy communities, healthy children, health weight and leadership for better health.

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The Commonwealth Fund

The mission of The Commonwealth Fund, established in 1918, is to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality and greater efficiency, particularly for society’s most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured and people of color. The Fund carries out this mandate by supporting independent research on health care issues and making grants to improve health care practice and policy.

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Toolkit for Community Action

Through this toolkit, community members will have the information and resources they need to help engage fellow citizens and local media as they spread the word about health disparities and educate others about the impact disparities have in the lives of individuals and the greater impact on society.

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U.S. Census Bureau: American FactFinder, 2016 Census Data

This is your source for population, housing, economic and geographic data.

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Minority Health: Think Cultural Health (Advancing Health Equity at Every Point of Contact)

This site, sponsored by the Office of Minority Health, features information, continuing education opportunity and resources for health and health care professionals to learn about cultural and linguistic appropriate services, or CLAS..

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U.S. DHHS Office of Minority Health (OMH)

OMH is dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities.

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Resources in Other Languages

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Cancer Information in Other Languages

The ACS offers information about cancer including prevention, early detection, treatment and managing side effects in 14 languages in addition to English.

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Ethnomed

A program of the University of Washington Health Sciences Library and Harborview Medical Center’s Interpreter Services/Community House Calls Program, Ethnomed is an ethnic medicine website containing medical and cultural information about immigrant and refugee groups. Information is specific to groups in the Seattle area, but much of the cultural and health information is of interest and applicable in other geographic areas. The objective of the website is to make information about culture, language, health illness and community resources directly accessible to healthcare providers who see patients from different ethnic groups.

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Health Information Translations

Health Information Translations provides education resources in multiple languages for health professionals to use in their communities. Resources are easy-to-read and culturally appropriate.

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Health Reach

This link provides health information in many languages.

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Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse

Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Health, the Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse provides free health promotion materials in multiple languages for Massachusetts residents and health and social service providers. Some materials are available for PDF download.

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NCI: Publications Locator

The NCI provides free publications on a variety of cancer topics. Some publications are also available in Spanish. Some materials are designed for specific population groups, such as American Indians or Alaska Natives, Asians, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, and Native Hawaiians or Pacific Islanders.

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National Network of Libraries of Medicine

This link contains links to consumer health information and resources in many languages.

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Susan G. Komen

Susan G. Komen addresses breast cancer on multiple fronts such as research, community health, global outreach and public policy initiatives in order to make the biggest impact against this disease. They offer breast cancer educational materials in a variety of languages.

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Spanish

 

AHRQ: Español

Information on a variety of health topics from AHRQ in Spanish for patients and consumers.

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CDC: Español

Links to information from CDC in Spanish.

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MedlinePlus®: Español

Links to information in Spanish.

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NCI: Español

Links to information from NCI in Spanish.

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Asian Languages

 

Asian American Network in Cancer Awareness, Research and Training (AANCART)

AANCART, housed at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, has developed health educational materials about healthy living, cancer screening, cancer treatments and more. Health educators and clinicians can download these materials and share them with their clients and patients.

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Selected Patient Information Resources in Asian Languages (SPIRAL)

SPIRAL, based out of Tufts University, is a web resource that connects people to authoritative health information in Asian languages, freely available on the web. Links are organized by topic and language.

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Resources by Population

African American/Black

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ACS: Cancer Facts & Figures for African Americans

These reports estimate the number of new cancer cases and deaths, and provide the most recent statistics on cancer incidence, mortality and five-year relative survival among African Americans. Reports also include sections on cancer risk factors such as tobacco use, physical activity and use of cancer screening examinations.

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MedlinePlus®: African-American Health

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National Black Nurses Association, Inc. (NBNA)

The NBNA mission is to “represent and provide a forum for Black Nurses to advocate and implement strategies to ensure access to the highest quality of healthcare for persons of color.”

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U.S. Census Bureau: The Black Population, 2010

This report provides a portrait of the Black population in the United States and discusses its distribution at the national level and at lower levels of geography.

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U.S. DHHS Office of Minority Health: Profile: Blacks/African Americans

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Asian American Network in Cancer Awareness, Research and Training (AANCART)

AANCART, housed at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, has developed health educational materials about healthy living, cancer screening, cancer treatments and more. Health educators and clinicians can download these materials and share them with their clients and patients.

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Asian

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Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training (AANCART)

AANCART's mission is to reduce cancer health disparities by conducting community-based participatory education, training and research by, for and with Asian Americans.

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Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)

The APIAHF influences policy, mobilizes communities and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.

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Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL)

APPEAL is a national health justice organization working to achieve health equity for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities. Their website offers valuable information and resources for community members and public health professionals who want to advance equity in tobacco control, healthy eating and active living within their communities.

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Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO)

AAPCHO is dedicated to promoting advocacy, collaboration and leadership that improves the health status and access of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders within the United States, its territories and freely associated states, primarily through their member community health centers.

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MedlinePlus®: Asian American Health

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New York University Center for the Study of Asian American Health (CSAAH)

CSAAH is committed to identifying Asian American health priorities and reducing health disparities by integrating and building on the work of researchers and over 55 Asian American community, government, business and academic/medical partners.

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U.S. Census Bureau: Asian American: American Community Survey Report

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U.S. DHHS Office of Minority Health: Profile: Asian Americans

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Hispanic/Latinx

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ACS Cancer Facts & Figures for Hispanics and Latinos

These reports, available in English and Spanish, provide updated cancer information about Hispanics/Latinos, including statistics on cancer occurrence and risk factors, as well as information about prevention, early detection and treatment.

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Latino Health Access (LHA)

LHA partners with communities to bring health, equity and sustainable change through education, services, consciousness-raising and civic participation.

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MedlinePlus®: Hispanic American Health

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National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN)

NAHN is the nation’s leading professional society for Latino nurses. NAHN is devoted to promoting safe, quality health care delivery to Latino communities and individuals, and recognizes excellence among Latino nurses, provides formal and informal mentoring opportunities, and generally serves as a center of excellence for our members.

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Pew Research Center: Hispanic Trends

The Pew Research Center seeks to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos' growing impact on the nation.

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Redes En Acción — The National Latino Cancer Research Network

A National Cancer Institute-funded, Redes En Acción has built a network of more than 2,000 community leaders, researchers, governmental officials and public advocates dedicated to fighting cancer among Latinos through research, training, and education.

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Unidos US (formerly National Council of La Raza)

Since 1968, UnidosUS—formerly known as NCLR—has remained a trusted, nonpartisan voice for Latinos. They serve the Hispanic community through their research, policy analysis and state and national advocacy efforts, as well as in their program work in communities nationwide. They partner with a national network of nearly 300 Affiliates across the country to serve millions of Latinos in the areas of civic engagement, civil rights and immigration, education, workforce and the economy, health and housing.

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University of Washington: Latino Center for Health

The Latino Center for Health provides leadership for community-engaged research through capacity building and authentic partnerships with community stakeholders to promote impactful improvements in the health and well-being of Latinx communities in Washington state, regionally and nationally.

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U.S. Census Bureau: Hispanic Origin

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U.S. DHHS Office of Minority Health: Profile: Hispanic/Latino Americans

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American Indian/Alaskan Native

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Alaska Native Knowledge Network (ANKN)

The ANKN is designed to serve as a resource for compiling and exchanging information related to Alaska Native knowledge systems and ways of knowing. It has been established to assist Native people, government agencies, educators and the general public in gaining access to the knowledge base that Alaska Natives have acquired through cumulative experience over millennia.

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American Indian Cancer Foundation

The American Indian Cancer Foundation’s mission is to eliminate the cancer burden on Native American and Alaska Native people through improved access to prevention, early detection, treatment and survivor support. Learn about their projects, check out cancer facts for Native Americans and Alaska Natives, and browse culturally appropriate community-based resources for health and cancer awareness on their website.   

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Arctic Health

The Arctic Health website is a central source for information on diverse aspects of the Arctic environment and the health of northern peoples. The site gives access to evaluated health information from hundreds of local, state, national, and international agencies, as well as from professional societies and universities.

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Association of American Indian Physicians

The mission of the AAIP is to pursue excellence in Native American health care by promoting education in the medical disciplines, honoring traditional healing principles and restoring the balance of mind, body, and spirit.

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Indian Health Service (IHS)

The IHS, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. The provision of health services to members of federally-recognized tribes grew out of the special government-to-government relationship between the federal government and Native American tribes.

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MedlinePlus®: Native American Health

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Native American Cancer Research

The Native American Cancer Research organization implements cancer primary prevention, secondary prevention, risk reduction, screening, education, training, research, diagnoses, control, treatment, support, quality of life and studies of cancer among American Indians and Alaska Natives.

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Native CIRCLE

Native CIRCLE is a resource center providing cancer and non-cancer related materials to healthcare professionals and lay people involved in the education, care and treatment of Native Americans and Alaska Natives.

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National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA)

The NICOA is a non-profit organization that advocates for improved, comprehensive health, social services, and economic wellbeing for American Indian and Alaska Native Elders.

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National Indian Health Board (NIHB)

NIHB is an organization providing health care advocacy services, facilitates Tribal budget consolation and provides timely information and other services to all Tribal Governments. Whether Tribes operate their own health care delivery systems or receive health care directly from the Indian Health Services (IHS), NIHB is their advocate. NIHB also conducts research, provides policy analysis, program assessment and development, national and regional meeting planning, training, technical assistance programs and project management. It also serves as conduit to open opportunities for the advancement of Native American and Alaska Native health care with other national and international organizations, foundations and corporations.

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Indian Health 101

Tribal Specific Resources

National Library of Medicine: American Indian and Alaska Native Health

Health information for people and communities. 

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National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Native American/Alaska Native Resources:

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Inupiaq Alaska Native Cultural Profile:

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Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB)

The NPAIHB is a non-profit tribal advisory organization serving the 43 federally recognized tribes of Oregon, Washington and Idaho. The NPHAIHB is engaged in many areas of Indian health, including legislation, health promotion, disease prevention, as well as data surveillance and research.

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Spirit of EAGLES Native American Programs

The SoE’s long-term goal is to reduce cancer health disparities by maintaining and expanding tribal community networks and coalitions established by the SoE Community Networks Program.

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U.S. Census Bureau: Intergovernmental Affairs: Tribal Affairs

This site highlights the Census Bureau’s relationship with tribal governments and provides important American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) and tribal resources. The Census Bureau collects data for the AIAN population and publishes specific counts, estimates and statistics.

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U.S. DHHS Office of Minority Health: Profile: American Indian/Alaska Native:

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Urban Indian Health Institute

In July 2000, the Urban Indian Health Institute was established as a division within the Seattle Indian Health Board, a community health center targeting urban American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The UIHI is one of 12 tribal epidemiology centers funded by the IHS. The UIHI focuses on the nationwide urban AI/AN population.

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Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

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Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)

The APIAHF influences policy, mobilizes communities and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

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Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL)

APPEAL is a national health justice organization working to achieve health equity for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities. Their website offers valuable information and resources for community members and public health professionals who want to advance equity in tobacco control, healthy eating and active living within their communities.

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Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO)

AAPCHO is dedicated to promoting advocacy, collaboration and leadership that improves the health status and access of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders within the United States, its territories and freely associated states, primarily through our member community health centers.

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‘Imi Hale Native Hawaiian Cancer Network

‘Imi Hale Native Hawaiian Cancer Network is a program of Papa Ola Lōkahi. ‘Imi Hale collaborates with key local, state, national and international partners to reduce cancer incidence and mortality among Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. Browse culturally tailored cancer education materials on their website.

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U.S. Census Bureau: Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander:  American Community Survey Reports

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U.S. DHHS Office of Minority Health: Profile: Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders

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Weaving An Islander Network for Cancer Awareness, Research & Training (WINCART)

WINCART's mission is to promote healthy Pacific Islander communities. WINCART addresses cancer health disparities among Southern California's Pacific Islander populations through increasing cancer awareness, collaborative research programs and providing valuable leadership and training opportunities. Learn about Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities and browse culturally tailored cancer education materials on their website.

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender

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CDC: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health

Provides information on a variety of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender health topics.

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Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Health Access Project

Works to strengthen the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's ability to foster the development of comprehensive, culturally appropriate health promotion policies and health care services for GLBT people through a variety of venues including community awareness, policy development, advocacy and prevention strategies.

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Gay & Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA)

GLMA is a national organization committed to ensuring health equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and all sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals, and equality for LGBTQ/SGM health professionals in their work and learning environments. To achieve this mission, GLMA uses the scientific expertise of its diverse multidisciplinary membership to inform and drive advocacy, education and research.

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Healthy People

Healthy People 2020 includes goals and objectives to improve the health, safety and well-being of LGBT individuals.

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Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

HRC is the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for LGBTQ Americans. HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. Browse resources on a number of topics on their website.

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The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission published Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient- and Family-Centered Care for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community: A Field Guide, which urges hospitals to create a more welcoming, safe and inclusive environment that contributes to improved health care quality for LGBT individuals and their families. This field guide features a compilation of strategies, practice examples, resources and testimonials designed to help hospitals in their efforts to improve communication and provide more patient-centered care to their LGBT patients.

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LGBT HealthLink

LGBT HealthLink is a community-driven network of experts and professionals enhancing LGBT health by reducing tobacco, cancer and other health disparities within their communities. They are one of eight CDC-funded cancer and tobacco disparity networks. They link people and information to promote adoption of best practices in health departments and community organization to reduce LGBT cancer and tobacco disparities.

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LGBTData.com

LGBTData.com serves as a no-cost, open-access clearinghouse for the collection of sexual orientation & gender identity data and measures.

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MedlinePlus®: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Health

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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine: Health and Medicine Division (HMD)

Publication titled, The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding

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National Coalition for LGBT Health

The Coalition is committed to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals through federal and local advocacy, education and research. The Coalition strives to address the entire LGBT community, including individuals of every sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity and age, regardless of disability, income, education and geography.

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National LGBT Cancer Network

The National LGBT Cancer Network works to improve the lives of LGBT cancer survivors and those at risk by educating the LGBT community about increased cancer risks and the importance of screening and early detection; training health care providers to offer more culturally-competent, safe and welcoming care; and advocating for LGBT survivors in mainstream cancer organizations, media and research.

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National LGBTQ Task Force

The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people.

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PRISM Data Archive Project

The Population Research in Sexual Minority Health (PRISM) Data Archive is a collaborative project of the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health and the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. The PRISM data archive project is a primary initiative of the Center. PRISM makes high quality datasets useful for analysis of issues affecting sexual and gender minority populations in the United States available researchers, scholars, educators and practitioners.

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U.S. DHHS Office of Minority Health: Improving Data Collection for LGBT Community

HHS is developing a national data progression plan intended to begin the integration of sexual orientation and gender identity variables into HHS national surveys.

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People with Disabilities

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CDC: People with Disabilities

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Healthy People

Healthy People 2020 includes goals and objectives to maximize health and improve quality of life among individuals with disabilities of all ages.

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MedlinePlus®: Disabilities

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U.S. Census Bureau: Disability

The Census Bureau collects data on disability primarily through the American Community Survey and the Survey of Income and Program Participation.

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Elderly/Older Adults

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CDC: Healthy Aging Program

The Healthy Aging Program serves as the focal point at CDC for efforts to promote the health and quality of life of older Americans. Located within CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the Program focuses primarily on adults age 50 or older. Access health information on a variety of topics for older adults.

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MedlinePlus®: Seniors' Health

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National Council on Aging (NCOA)

The NCOA is a respected national leader and trusted partner to help people aged 60+ meet the challenges of aging. They partner with nonprofit organizations, government and businesses to provide innovative community programs and services, online help and advocacy.

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The Commonwealth Fund: Medicare

Explore this portal of the Commonwealth Fund related to improving the efficiency and quality of Medicare and the health care system as a whole.

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U.S. Census Bureau: Older Population and Aging

Detailed information and statistics on population aging and the older population.

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U.S. DHHS: Protect Your Health As You Grow Older

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Rural

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MedlinePlus®: Rural Health Concerns

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National Rural Health Association

The National Rural Health Association is a national membership organization with more than 21,000 members. The Association’s mission is to provide leadership on rural issues through advocacy, communications, education and research.

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Rural Health Information Hub (RHIHub)

The RHIHub, formerly the Rural Assistance Center, is funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to be a national clearinghouse on rural health issues. They are committed to supporting healthcare and population health in rural communities. RHIhub is your guide to improving health for rural residents. They provide access to current and reliable resources and tools to help you learn about rural health needs and work to address them.

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Rural Women’s Health Project (RWHP)

The RWHP is a non-profit organization that designs and implements community-based, health-education projects, trainings and materials to assist communities in strengthening their understanding of critical health, occupational and family issues. The mission of the RWHP is to work with rural communities to strengthen their capacity to overcome barriers to health justice. Using a community-based approach, community members are involved in all grassroots research, educational campaigns, trainings and bridging to services — thereby broadening their skills to replicate programs and advocacy strategies.

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