By: Sari M. Rovira, MPH, BSN, RN
Washington, DC – The month of April is National Minority Health Month in the United States. As a result, there have been a number of conferences and observances taking place around the nation that are shedding more light on the significant health disparities suffered by minority populations as well as the advances and significant efforts to combat these disparities.
One major, two-day conference which recently concluded in Washington, DC was held by the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF), a research and educational organization dedicated to ensuring that high-risk racial and ethnic populations and communities receive optimal health care. Founded in 1998 by Dr. Gary A. Puckrein, this nonprofit, nonpartisan organization integrates data and expertise in support of initiatives that eliminate health disparities.
Co-sponsored by the NMQF and the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, the “12th Annual Leadership Summit On Health Disparities & Congressional Black Caucus Spring Health Braintrust” featured a multicultural mix of distinguished speakers from across the nation and covered a wide range of critical minority health topics, from Pain Management and HIV Treatment in Diverse Communities to Hypertension Treatments and Ethnic Disparities in the Detection and Treatment of Depression, Anxiety and Schizophrenia. Another, topic that proved to be extremely timely was “The Effects of Gun Violence on the Mental Health of the Community.” For a complete look at all the topics discussed at the NMQF/CBC Health Braintrust Summit, go to http://www.nmqf.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/2015S-Bt_WorkingAgenda_4-16_finalforprint.pdf.
For more information about the National Minority Quality Forum, go to http://www.nmqf.org.