Women of color — what we know and don’t know about their unique health challenges
New Rochelle, NY, April 15, 2016–Women of color face both racial and gender disparities in the incidence, onset, and outcomes of diseases as diverse as cancer, cardiovascular disease, HIV infection and age-related disability. The unique health challenges these disparities present are examined in an article published in Journal of Women's Health, a peer-reviewed publication from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Journal of Women's Health website until May 15, 2016.
Based on presentations by leading experts given at a workshop on The Health of Women of Color, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Research on Women's Health, the article highlights some of the key disparities affecting women of color. A team led by Jennifer L. Plank-Bazinet, PhD and Janine Austin Clayton, MD, NIH (Bethesda, MD) and including scientists from Virginia Commonwealth University and the National Cancer Institute; National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; and National Institute on Aging of the NIH coauthored the article entitled "A Report of the Women's Health Congress Workshop on The Health of Women of Color: A Critical Intersection at the Corner of Sex/Gender and Race/Ethnicity."
Among the disparities discussed in the report is the higher mortality rate from breast cancer for African American women, despite having a lower incidence of breast cancer than other racial/ethnic groups. Other topics include the greater likelihood that African American and Hispanic/Latina women will be HIV-infected compared to white or Asian women, and the significant racial and gender disparities in the onset and outcomes of cardiovascular disease.
"By highlighting recent advances that explore and explain the higher risk that women of color face for a range of serious health problems, this article brings to the literature key research findings on racial and gender disparities," says Journal of Women's Health Editor-in-Chief Susan G. Kornstein, MD, Executive Director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Women's Health (Richmond, VA) and President of the Academy of Women's Health.
About the Journal
Journal of Women's Health, published monthly, is a core multidisciplinary journal dedicated to the diseases and conditions that hold greater risk for or are more prevalent among women, as well as diseases that present differently in women. Led by Editor-in-Chief Susan G. Kornstein, MD, Executive Director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Women's Health, Richmond, VA, and President of the Academy of Women's Health, the Journal covers the latest advances and clinical applications of new diagnostic procedures and therapeutic protocols for the prevention and management of women's healthcare issues. Complete tables of content and a sample issue may be viewed on the Journal of Women's Health website. Journal of Women's Health is the official journal of the Academy of Women's Health and the Society for Women's Health Research.
About the Academy
Academy of Women's Health is an interdisciplinary, international association of physicians, nurses, and other health professionals who work across the broad field of women's health, providing its members with up-to-date advances and options in clinical care that will enable the best outcomes for their women patients. The Academy's focus includes the dissemination of translational research and evidence-based practices for disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of women across the lifespan. Journal of Women's Health and the Academy of Women's Health are co-presenters of Women's Health 2016: The 24th Annual Congress which is taking place this week in Washington, DC.
About the Publisher
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in many promising areas of science and biomedical research, including LGBT Health, Transgender Health, Population Health Management, and Breastfeeding Medicine. Its biotechnology trade magazine, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN), was the first in its field and is today the industry's most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm's 80 journals, books, and newsmagazines is available on the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers website.