Academic journal article Journal of Cultural Diversity

Editorial: Research in Diverse Populations

Academic journal article Journal of Cultural Diversity

Editorial: Research in Diverse Populations

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Alan Nelson, retired physician and former president of the American Medical Association and chair of the committee that wrote the report Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Disparities in Health Care for the Institute of Medicine states "Disparities in the health care delivered to racial and ethnic minorities are real and are associated with worse outcomes in many cases, which is unacceptable. The real challenge lies not in debating whether disparities exist, because the evidence is overwhelming, but in developing and implementing strategies to reduce and eliminate them.

The research conducted by the individuals in this edition of the Journal of Cultural Diversity, researchers have explored areas that are vital to the health of minority populations and may be important in decreasing the disparities in quality health care for minority populations. Vivien Carver, Bonita Reinert, Lillian Range and Catherine Campbell examined ethnic differences in teachers' response to tobacco prevention in Mississippi. The findings support the enthusiasm of teachers in the use of tobacco prevention programs by K-3 teachers.

Champion's revised Health Belief Model provided the quantitative data collected by Mary Ella Graham to examine the relationship between health beliefs and the practice of breast self examination in a sample of African American women. The findings are consistent with similar research indicating that health belief is a determining factor of the practice of self breast examination in women. …

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