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The epidemic of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection impacts over 3 million individuals in the United States, and over 50% of infected people are undiagnosed. In an effort to increase the number of people who are aware of their HCV infection and link them to care, in 2012 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that all persons born from 1945 through 1965 be tested for HCV, given that this group currently accounts for more than 75% of adults infected with hepatitis C in the U.S. and are five times more likely to be infected than other adults. Subsequently, in 2013, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force also recommended a one-time HCV screening for adults born between 1945 and 1965.
During April, the Office of Minority Health marks National Minority Health Month. Despite our nation’s progress toward ending health disparities, racial and ethnic minorities still lag behind the U.S. population as a whole on many health fronts.
At the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), essential to our mission in public health protection is to determine if medical products, such as medications and devices, are safe and effective for the patients likely to need them.
On the 30th anniversary of the Report of the Secretary’s Task Force on Black and Minority Health (also known as the Heckler Report), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recognizes the far-reaching impact of this landmark publication.
Calling all budding chefs! Do you like to cook and make healthy food for your friends and family? If so, you might be able to show off your skills and creativity to the First Lady of the United States and your peers from across the country.
At a commemorative event two years ago, I heard a historian say that history is not a steady stream of events, but rather a series of punctuation points, like ripples from stones tossed into water.
Half a century ago, our nation was in the midst of a Civil Rights revolution. Over these last few years, we’ve reached several milestones: the 50 th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, Dr. King’s transformative “I Have a Dream” speech, and the historic march from
Selma to Montgomery.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize that we all can play an important role in making meaningful connections with children and families in our communities.
Seeking to integrate public health and community policing approaches to reduce health disparities and violent crimes and improve the health and well-being of communities of color, a major federal effort kicked off last month with a summit of more than 30 attendees from nine selected projects across the U.S.
During my pediatrics training in Pittsburgh, PA, I provided care to the young people—many of them boys and young men of color—at the juvenile detention center.