The Henry J. Kaiser Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, with 10 healthcare associations as co-sponsors, launched a major national effort to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare. The $1 million campaign includes a physician outreach program, awareness advertisements in major medical journals and publication of reviews of evidence on healthcare disparities. The campaign's initial focus is cardiology, because of the high prevalence of cardiac disease nationally and evidence of differences in care for white and minority Americans. As part of the effort, the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the Kaiser Foundation released a report evaluating 81 studies on racial and ethnic disparities in cardiac care; 68 of the studies found disparities. Learn more about the program on a Kaiser Foundation Web site. -- by Mark Taylor
Foundations take on racial disparities in care
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