Health Disparities

The Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) is proud to announce their partnership with Tigerlily Foundation (Tigerlily) on Tigerlily’s #InclusionPledge. The #InclusionPledge is an unprecedented global, multistakeholder initiative focused on diversity, inclusion, and elimination of disparities for Black women living with breast cancer.
Welcome to Perry County, Alabama, where Frances Ford, RN has been making a difference for 20 years.
Economic disparities that have existed in the United States for generations have been built upon to create the health disparities we see today along with mistrust of medical professonals by racial and ethnic minorities.
The cancer care contiuum can pose a variety of obstacles and challenges for sexual and gender minorities. Mandi Pratt-Chapman explains the disparities that exist for these groups.
Mandi Pratt-Chapman shares how AONN+ equips oncology and patient navigators with the tools needed to address barriers to care including health equity.
Mandi-Pratt Chapman shares health equity resources for cancer care professionals.
In 2013, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a workshop summary, Leveraging Culture to Address Health Inequalities: Examples from Native Communities. I was struck by a number of things that are both timely and applicable to the unique challenges faced by the cancer community in America and to patient navigators in particular.
Encompassing 420 counties in 13 states from southern New York to northern Mississippi, Appalachia is largely rural with a population characterized by a high poverty rate, a low educational level, a high rate of uninsurance or underinsurance, and limited access to healthcare. All pose substantial barriers to cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment and are associated with increased cancer mortality.
When we are discussing minorities, we are usually referring to African American, Hispanic/Latino, and the American Indian/Alaska Natives in our society. In addition, underserved women are those who have a decreased income and socioeconomic status, lower education levels, commonly lack health insurance, and have limited access to healthcare in general. These patient populations are particularly challenging when facing the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.
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