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Released: 10-Jul-2020 11:45 AM EDT
Largest study of prostate cancer genomics in Black Americans ids targets for therapies
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

Black men in the United States are known to suffer disproportionately from prostate cancer, but few studies have investigated whether genetic differences in prostate tumors could have anything to do with these health disparities.

Newswise: Anti-Racism Books and Resources for Families and Children
Released: 10-Jul-2020 11:40 AM EDT
Anti-Racism Books and Resources for Families and Children
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

A first step for families who want to be an ally in the fight to end racism is to diversify their at-home libraries with books that feature people of color and their stories. A UNLV librarian and pre-Kindergarten teacher share tips and resources on how to do so.

9-Jul-2020 8:05 AM EDT
Medicaid expansion meant better health for the most vulnerable low-income adults, study finds
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

The most vulnerable residents of Michigan say their health improved significantly after they enrolled in the state’s expanded Medicaid program, a new study finds. Those with extremely low incomes or multiple chronic health problems, and those who are Black, got the biggest health boosts. But participants of all backgrounds reported improvements.

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Released: 9-Jul-2020 10:05 AM EDT
AIP to Fund Programs Combating Racial Injustice, Inequities in Physics, Physical Sciences
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

The American Institute of Physics has established a $200,000 fund to support efforts by its 10 member societies and an AIP affiliated society, the National Society of Black Physicists, for actions that are a direct response to racial injustice. The AIP 2020-2021 Diversity Action Fund will have a special focus on society actions for Black students in the physical sciences, as well as programs focused on minority communities.

Newswise: Black Individuals at Higher Risk for Contracting COVID-19, According to New Research
Released: 9-Jul-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Black Individuals at Higher Risk for Contracting COVID-19, According to New Research
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Results of an analysis published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society found that Black individuals were twice as likely as White individuals to test positive for COVID-19. The average age of all participants in the study was 46. However, those infected were on average 52 years old, compared to those who tested negative, who were 45 years old on average.

7-Jul-2020 3:55 PM EDT
Access to Nature Requires Attention When Addressing Community Health Needs
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Nature is a tool to address deeply entrenched health disparities; health systems should work to increase nature access, as they have with other social determinants of health

Released: 7-Jul-2020 2:05 PM EDT
Law clinic wins access to COVID-19 race data
Cornell University

The First Amendment Clinic at Cornell Law School, working on behalf of its client, The New York Times, helped secure the release of previously unseen data that provides the most detailed look yet at nearly 1.5 million American coronavirus patients from 974 counties across the country.

Released: 7-Jul-2020 1:40 PM EDT
COVID-related discrimination disproportionately impacts racial minorities, study shows
University of Southern California (USC)

Discrimination against people thought to be infected with coronavirus was experienced by a rising number of United States residents, particularly racial minorities, in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study from the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

Released: 7-Jul-2020 11:50 AM EDT
Medicare’s Race, Ethnic Data Often Undercounts Minority Populations, Study Finds
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Information critical to a nationwide priority of reducing health care disparities among minorities is incomplete and inaccurate, according to a new Rutgers study

Released: 7-Jul-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Talking with parents empowers Latino youths to engage in community
University of Michigan

When Latino youths lend their voices to political causes—from immigration policies that have separated families to recent Black Lives Matter protests—their resilience originates from home.

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Released: 6-Jul-2020 4:50 PM EDT
COVID-19 demonstrates why wealth matters
Washington University in St. Louis

While COVID-19 has impacted all individuals, the impact has not been equal. In a new national Socioeconomic Impact of COVID-19 survey, the Social Policy Institute at Washington University in St. Louis found that liquid assets increased the likelihood that an individual could practice social distancing. However, Black individuals were least likely to afford social distancing.

Released: 6-Jul-2020 4:05 PM EDT
White Police Officers Use Force More Often Than Non-White Colleagues
Texas A&M University

White police officers are far more likely to use force than their nonwhite counterparts, especially in minority neighborhoods, according to a study from Texas A&M University researchers.

Released: 6-Jul-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Future Teachers More Likely to View Black Children as Angry, Even When They Are Not
North Carolina State University

A study of prospective teachers finds they are more likely to interpret the facial expressions of Black boys and girls as being angry, even when they are not. This is significantly different than how the prospective teachers interpreted the facial expressions of white children.

Released: 2-Jul-2020 12:45 PM EDT
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland State University Receive $1.2 Million NIH Award to Recruit Underrepresented Minority Ph.D. Students
Cleveland Clinic

At a time when the national conversation is focused on narrowing the gap of racial equity, two of Cleveland’s anchor institutions have been awarded grant funding that will help them turn words into action. Cleveland State University and Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute received a five-year, $1.2 million T32 training award from the National Institutes of Health to recruit underrepresented minority Ph.D. students and students underrepresented in the science and technology workforce.

Released: 2-Jul-2020 12:40 PM EDT
How Prison and Police Discrimination Affect Black Sexual Minority Men’s Health
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Incarceration and police discrimination may contribute to HIV, depression and anxiety among Black gay, bisexual and other sexual minority men, a Rutgers led study finds.

Released: 2-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Prospective teachers misperceive Black children as angry
American Psychological Association (APA)

Prospective teachers appear more likely to misperceive Black children as angry than white children, which may undermine the education of Black youth, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.

Released: 1-Jul-2020 12:55 PM EDT
Study: Identifying Optimal Points of Intervention to Address Racial and Ethnic Disparities in COVID-19 Fatality Rates in New York State
University at Albany, State University of New York

Results from a new COVID-19 epidemiological study have been released from the University at Albany in partnership with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH); the findings were published today in the peer-reviewed journal, Annals of Epidemiology.

Released: 1-Jul-2020 11:10 AM EDT
Little Rock Congregations Study shows more clergy are concerned about race relations
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Research from the Little Rock Congregations Study at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock shows that religious leaders in Little Rock are growing more concerned with the issue of race relations.

Released: 1-Jul-2020 11:00 AM EDT
CHOP’s Center for Applied Genomics Receives Funding to Study Risk of Disease Specifically in African Americans
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced today that researchers from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) are among the recipients of a multi-million dollar grant that focuses on the use of genomics to improve risk assessment for diverse populations and integrate the findings into clinical care.

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Released: 30-Jun-2020 3:40 PM EDT
Brown School’s Race and Opportunity Lab recommends specific policing reforms
Washington University in St. Louis

As the nation struggles with police violence, a new report from HomeGrown StL in the Race and Opportunity Lab at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis recommends reforms to build an equitable, transparent and accountable public safety approach that will include lawsuit liability, a police misconduct database and federal funding mandates.

Newswise: How Hospitality Industry Should Address Discrimination
Released: 30-Jun-2020 1:45 PM EDT
How Hospitality Industry Should Address Discrimination
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

After the worldwide protests that erupted over the killing of George Floyd, it is hard for me to imagine any person, company, or institution, continuing to discount the role that racism plays in our society. People all over are demanding an end to racial discrimination that is embedded in our social systems.  In hospitality, emerging research has shined light on the perception of discrimination among industry workers, but personally, it comes as no surprise to me.

Released: 29-Jun-2020 4:30 PM EDT
Researchers Uncover Effects of Negative Stereotype Exposure on the Brain
University of California, Santa Barbara

“It is clear that people who belong to historically marginalized groups in the United States contend with burdensome stressors on top of the everyday stressors that members of non-disadvantaged groups experience."

Released: 29-Jun-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Expert: Now is the time to talk about race in the workplace
University at Buffalo

“One of the beautiful things about a lot of the reforms that we’re seeing is that people inside corporations and institutions are making demands or recommendations for change," Taylor says.

Newswise: Showing pro-diversity feelings are the norm makes individuals more tolerant
28-Jun-2020 7:45 PM EDT
Showing pro-diversity feelings are the norm makes individuals more tolerant
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Showing people how their peers feel about diversity in their community can make their actions more inclusive, make members of marginalized groups feel more like they belong, and even help close racial achievement gaps in education, according to a new study. Drawing on strategies that have worked in anti-smoking, safe-sex and energy-saving campaigns, University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers decided to try to change behavior by showing people that positive feelings about diversity are the norm.

Newswise: Rising Latino studies scholars named IUPLR/UIC Mellon Fellows
Released: 29-Jun-2020 10:55 AM EDT
Rising Latino studies scholars named IUPLR/UIC Mellon Fellows
University of Illinois at Chicago

Presented by the Inter-University Program for Latino Research, or IUPLR, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, each fellow will receive a yearly stipend of $25,000, a faculty mentor in Latino studies, monthly teleconferences with other fellows and opportunities to present their research.

Newswise: Studies examine how race affects perceptions of law-involved Blacks, school discipline
Released: 29-Jun-2020 10:30 AM EDT
Studies examine how race affects perceptions of law-involved Blacks, school discipline
University of Illinois at Chicago

The extent of discriminatory treatment Black adults and children experience at every point of contact within the legal system and the biases that result in Black children’s behavior being managed more harshly in school are detailed in two new analyses from researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Released: 29-Jun-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Supporting LGBTQ+ youth who are Black, Indigenous and people of color
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Youth who are Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) that also identify as LGBTQ+ representation of sexual orientations and gender identities experience higher rates of social discrimination and isolation, including bullying, family rejection and a lack of social support. Here are ways that family and friends can support them.

Newswise: A Study of Early-Onset Colorectal Cancer in Young Adult Men Reveals “Hotspots” of Death in the United States
Released: 26-Jun-2020 12:50 PM EDT
A Study of Early-Onset Colorectal Cancer in Young Adult Men Reveals “Hotspots” of Death in the United States
Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah

A study led by Charles Rogers, PhD, examines a trend of increasing incidence and mortality among young men diagnosed with colorectal cancer. The authors identify "hotspot" areas of the U.S. where colorectal cancer is on the rise. For men with early-onset colorectal cancer, Black men are more likely to die of the disease than other racial groups.

Released: 25-Jun-2020 7:05 PM EDT
States with the highest income inequality also experienced a larger number of COVID-19 deaths
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

States with the highest level of income inequality had a larger number of COVID-19-related deaths compared with states with lower income inequality. New York state, with the highest income inequality, had a mortality rate of 51.7 deaths per 100,000 vs. Utah, the state with the lowest income inequality and which had a mortality of 0.41 per 100,000.

Newswise: Comedy Can Help Change the World, Rutgers Researcher Says
Released: 25-Jun-2020 12:35 PM EDT
Comedy Can Help Change the World, Rutgers Researcher Says
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Comedy can play an important role in challenging people to address critical social issues, says Lauren Feldman, associate professor at Rutgers’ School of Communication and Information.

Released: 25-Jun-2020 12:35 PM EDT
Confrontation May Reduce White Prejudices, Rutgers Study Finds
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Confronting a white person who makes a racist or sexist statement can make them reflect on their words and avoid making biased statements about race or gender in the future, Rutgers researchers find.

Released: 25-Jun-2020 8:20 AM EDT
Racial Disparities in Surgery Rates for Esophageal Cancer
Thomas Jefferson University

Black patients with esophageal cancer are less likely to receive life-saving surgery for early-stage disease than white patients.

Newswise: Voter ID laws discriminate against racial and ethnic minorities, new study reveals
Released: 24-Jun-2020 6:55 PM EDT
Voter ID laws discriminate against racial and ethnic minorities, new study reveals
University of California San Diego

Voter ID laws are becoming more common and more strict, and the stakes for American democracy are high and growing higher by the year. New research from the University of California San Diego provides evidence that voter ID laws disproportionately reduce voter turnout in more racially diverse areas. As a result, the voices of racial minorities become more muted and the relative influence of white America grows.

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22-Jun-2020 5:05 PM EDT
Analysis of rates of police-related fatalities finds significant differences between Black and White people, and significant variation across metropolitan areas
PLOS

A study analyzing and describing US police-involved fatalities across racial/ethnic groups at the level of individual metropolitan statistical areas publishes June 24, 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, by Gabriel Schwartz and Jaquelyn Jahn from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Newswise: Unfounded fear helps fuel police violence
Released: 24-Jun-2020 11:05 AM EDT
Unfounded fear helps fuel police violence
Furman University

Research shows that policing is a relatively safe job, but fear stoked by and among officers put black lives in danger.

Newswise: After the Protests: How Communities Can Make Systemic Change
Released: 24-Jun-2020 10:30 AM EDT
After the Protests: How Communities Can Make Systemic Change
Furman University

How Black Lives Matter commemorations can create lasting change in communities

Released: 24-Jun-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Rutgers Program Elevates Women of Color in the Worker Justice Movement
Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR)

The Rutgers Center for Innovation in Worker Organization (CIWO), with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, today expanded a nationwide initiative to elevate more women and people of color—especially women of color—to leadership positions in unions, worker centers, and community-based organizations.

Released: 23-Jun-2020 2:35 PM EDT
Income, race are associated with disparities in access to green spaces
Ohio State University

Access to green spaces in metro areas—parks, trails, even the tree cover in a neighborhood – is largely associated with income and race, new research indicates.

Newswise: Story Tips From Johns Hopkins Experts on COVID-19
Released: 23-Jun-2020 12:00 PM EDT
Story Tips From Johns Hopkins Experts on COVID-19
Johns Hopkins Medicine

It seems there will never be enough “thank you’s” for the incredible doctors, nurses, technicians and support staff members who are working around the clock to help patients with the dangerous coronavirus disease. Their dedication, determination and spirit enable Johns Hopkins to deliver the promise of medicine.

Newswise: New Research Confirms Higher Rates of New Coronavirus in Latinx Populations
Released: 23-Jun-2020 8:15 AM EDT
New Research Confirms Higher Rates of New Coronavirus in Latinx Populations
Johns Hopkins Medicine

In a new analysis of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, test results for nearly 38,000 people has found a positivity rate among Latinx populations about three times higher than for any other racial and ethnic group. The findings, published June 18 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), add to evidence that there are much higher COVID-19 infection rates among U.S. minorities, particularly in Latinx communities.

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Released: 22-Jun-2020 5:30 PM EDT
UTEP Professor Collaborates on LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Texas Study
University of Texas at El Paso

Preliminary results from this first-of-its-kind survey found that gender diverse people and queer people of color are experiencing a number of disparities. They include higher rates of COVID-19, more difficulty accessing a variety of services, and higher rates of anxiety and depression, as well as high unemployment compared with white participants.

Released: 22-Jun-2020 3:15 PM EDT
Talking With Children About Race and Racism—an Age-by-Age Guide
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Talking to children about racism can be daunting. How much should you discuss? How young is too young? What if you don’t have all the answers? Pediatrician and health policy researcher Ashaunta Anderson, MD, MPH, MSHS, FAAP, is a Fellow with the American Academy of Pediatrics who has served as a member of organization’s Task Force on Addressing Bias and Discrimination. She says it’s never too early to talk to kids about race.

Newswise: Black Lives Matter: NFL, NASCAR respond
Released: 22-Jun-2020 10:15 AM EDT
Black Lives Matter: NFL, NASCAR respond
University of Michigan

FACULTY Q&AThe Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality prompted the NFL to acknowledge it should have listened to players who wanted to peacefully protest and led to NASCAR’s ban of Confederate flags at its races.Ron Wade, clinical assistant professor of sport management at the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology and former director of marketing for the Detroit Tigers, discusses what these actions mean.

19-Jun-2020 4:30 PM EDT
Chicago healthcare organizations band together to take action on systemic racism in healthcare
University of Chicago Medical Center

Calling systemic racism a public health crisis, three dozen Chicago healthcare organizations are pledging to do more to overcome health disparities in minority communities and ensure greater health equity across the city.


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