Dental therapists have been improving access to dental care in Alaska since 2006. The role is important also in Canada and New Zealand and is beginning to be implemented in Maine, Minnesota and Vermont. Oregon has recently authorized the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians and the Coquille to start dental therapy services. In Washington state the Swinomish Tribe sought to begin a similar program and was blocked by the state legislature for 5 years. This year they have been successful according to the New York Times article of May 22, 2016, Where Dentists are Scarce, American Indians Forge a Path to Better Care.
A free webcast, Political Power, Policy and Health Equity is scheduled for June 7th, 2016 from 1:30 to 4 pm EDT. Registration is requested. The presenters are:
- Mildred Thompson, Senior Director, PolicyLink, and Director of the PolicyLink Center for Health Equity and Place
- Malia Villegas, Director, National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center
- Lydia Camarillo, Vice-President, Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP)
- Thomas Ross, President Emeritus, The University of North Carolina, Professor of Public Law and Government, UNC; Terry Sanford Distinguished Fellow, Duke Sanford School of Public Policy (Moderator)
The report Health, United States, 2015 (pdf) includes positive and negative trends. Positive trends are seen in infant death rates, women smokers, numbers of uninsured and some areas of health equity. Highlights are summarized by the National Library of Medicine.
National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 2015: With Special Feature on Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. Hyattsville, MD. 2016.
A Conversation with Latinos on Race (6 minute video) is a documentary in which many people share their experiences and emotions with identify.
Until April 17, 2016 watch this documentary series at no cost.
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A study sponsored by the American Psychological Association (APA) surveyed 3,300 people and 61% of respondents reported daily discrimination. Discrimination included “disrespectful treatment, receiving poorer service than others or being threatened or harassed” according to the APA report. Data related to health perceptions demonstrated that poor health was associated with stress.
The authors of Shorter Lives and Poorer Health on the Campaign Trail contrast the differences in life expectancy and health status of people in the United States versus countries including Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. The U.S. is first in health care spending and 33rd in health care quality outcomes according to the Healthcare Outcomes Index 2014, from the Economist and WHO.
A study in the Journal of Oncology Practice reports that diversity training contributed to improved abilities to provide culturally congruent care among 253 surgeons in the U.S.
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