Mar 9 2012

Public Health News Roundup: March 9

New CDC Campaign Urges HIV Testing Among Black Women

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched “Take Charge. Take the Test.”—a new campaign to increase HIV testing and awareness among black women. The campaign is being launched in ten cities where black women are especially hard-hit by the disease.

Black women are far more heavily affected by HIV and AIDS than women of any other race or ethnicity in the United States. They account for nearly 60 percent of all new HIV infections among women (and 13 percent of new infections overall). The rate of new infections among black women is 15 times higher than among white women.

The campaign emphasizes the importance of HIV testing. Venues for messaging include outdoor and transit advertising; radio ads and posters and handouts distributed in salons and stores. Read more on HIV prevention.

NIH Announces Initiatives Aimed at Reducing Disparities in Kidney Transplantation

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is promoting efforts to reduce disparities in organ transplantation. According to NIH researchers, this is particularly important among African Americans, Hispanics and American Indians, all of whom are disproportionately affected by kidney failure, yet are less likely to receive kidney transplants.

Of the more than 80,000 people on the national waiting list for a kidney transplant, 35 percent are African American and nearly 19 percent are Hispanic, although they make up only 13 percent and 16 percent of the U.S. population, respectively. Initiatives include educating minority communities about becoming organ donors. Read more on health disparities.

USDA Nutrition Education Grants for American Indian Families

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced grants to provide nutrition education materials and resources for children and parents in tribal communities in nine states. Projects chosen this year include a recipe toolkit containing menus, shopping lists and snack ideas, featuring more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains; nutrition education sessions held during scheduled food deliveries for participants in remote reservation areas; and community gardens to promote fruit and vegetable consumption. Read a Q&A with Yvette Roubideaux, MD, MPH, director of the Indian Health Service, about the health of American Indians.

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