Yale Study Finds Link Between Medicaid Expansion and Equity in Cancer Care
Racial disparities in timely cancer treatment disappeared in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to an analysis of over 30,000 health records led by researchers at Yale Cancer Center. The findings were presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2019 annual meeting.
Yale School of Medicine Joins Health Care Leaders to Advance Equity, Safety
Yale School of Medicine has joined a network of health care leaders organizing across industries to create safe, fair, and dignified workplaces for women. TIME’S UP Healthcare aims to drive new policies and decisions that result in more balanced, diverse, and accountable leadership; address workplace discrimination, harassment and abuse; and create equitable and safe work cultures within all facets of the healthcare industry.
Diversity efforts drive rise in female and minority medical school students
Medical schools in the United States are accepting more women and minority students a decade after diversity standards were introduced by a national accrediting body. According to Yale researchers, the standards are associated with an increase in both the number and proportion of applicants from underrepresented groups, suggesting that the pool of minority talent is sufficient to boost diversity.
Minority medical residents face burden of bias during training
Black, Hispanic, and Native Americans constitute one-third of the U.S. population, but only 9% of practicing physicians. To address the lack of diversity and inclusion in medicine, Yale physicians conducted a study exploring the role of race and ethnicity in minority resident training experiences.
Yale physician proposes strategy for getting more minorities in medicine
Minority groups will comprise a majority of the U.S. population by 2044, yet less than 10% of physicians are racial or ethnic minorities. One remaining barrier to boosting minority participation in medicine is the standardized MCAT test, says Inginia Genao, M.D., the author of a recent paper published in Annals of Internal Medicine.Source: YaleNews
Study identifies potential health care ‘double jeopardy’ for minority patients
A new study sheds light on the depth of health care disparities faced by minority populations in the United States. The findings suggest a possible “double jeopardy” for black and Hispanic patients: Not only has it been shown that members of minority groups receive less high-quality, effective care than their peers, they may also be at risk of receiving more low-value, ineffective care.
Clinical trials in need of diversity in Connecticut
African Americans and other minorities are at a higher risk for certain types of cancer, yet they continue to be underrepresented in clinical trials for drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Even though a 1993 law requires all medical research funded by the National Institutes of Health to adequately include minorities, a study by the University of California, San Francisco, found that less than 2 percent succeeded in enrolling enough minority participants. Dr. Roy Herbst, chief of medical oncology at Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital, said, “The national average is woefully low,” adding that at Yale, “minorities make up well over 10 percent of the [cancer] clinical trial participants.”Source: New Haven Register
Crusto Receives Award for Distinguished Contribution to Diversity in Psychology
Cindy Crusto, PhD, Associate Professor and Deputy Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, is the 2020 recipient of the Connecticut Psychological Association (CPA) Award for Distinguished Contribution to Diversity in Psychology.
A Conversation with CMIPS Faculty Dr. Rafael Pérez-Escamilla on Neocolonialism and Global Health
Read and watch a thoughtful conversation with CMIPS faculty Dr. Rafael Pérez-Escamilla on his perspectives on neocolonialism and global health and the importance of providing implementation science training to all students to help design and operationalize much more equitable and effective public health programs.
Neocolonialism and Global Health Outcomes: A Troubled History
Professor Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, director of the Yale School of Public Health’s Global Health Concentration, discusses global health outcomes and the harmful legacy of neocolonialism with YSPH Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Associate Professor of Epidemiology Mayur Desai.
School of Public Health Introduces Racial Justice Concentration
As the country grapples with an unruly pandemic that has disproportionately affected people of color, the Yale School of Public Health has rolled out a racial justice concentration this fall in an effort to make its own strides toward equity.Source: Yale Daily News
Neurology Committee for Diversity and Inclusion Elects Co-Chairs
The Department of Neurology has elected three Co-Chairs to lead its Committee for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI): Dr. Kunal Desai, MD (Faculty Co-Chair), Dr. LaShae Nicholson, PhD (Staff C-Chair), and Dr. Razaz Mageid, MD (Trainee Co-Chair).
Neurology Establishes Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
The Department of Neurology’s new Committee on Diversity and Inclusion convened for the first time on Friday, June 26, 2020. The committee’s purpose is to promote diversity within the department’s education, career development, and leadership initiatives.