The US Preventive Services Task Force has revised their guidelines on mammograms, advising women to start screening at age 40 and continue every other year until age 74. With cancer diagnoses on the rise among young people, early detection is crucial. This is especially true for Black women, who have a higher rate of deaths from breast cancer in their 40s compared to White women.

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By David C. Radley, Arnav Shah, Sara R. Collins, Neil R. Powe, Laurie C. Zephyrin, The Commonweath Fund

The latest analysis from The Commonwealth Fund has shed light on the deep racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare performance across all 50 states. Even in states with top-tier healthcare systems, Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous Americans are experiencing dramatic disparities.
By The Rockefeller Foundation
Access to affordable, nutritious food is crucial for good health, yet many face barriers. Food is Medicine programs use food-based interventions to prevent, manage, and treat diet-related diseases. Integrating nutrition into our healthcare system could lower costs and reduce the need for invasive health services.
Since 2019, The Rockefeller Foundation has committed $100 million to advance Food is Medicine initiatives, including vital research with partners like the American Heart Association’s Health Care by Food Initiative.
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FDA’s vow to ban menthol cigarettes is a critical step towards saving Black lives. This overdue move will protect communities from the harmful use of tobacco.

Erin B. Logan, LA Times

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Underweight newborns face long-term health risks, lower IQ, and delays. Over 300,000 babies affected. A growing public health issue linked to low-income areas and pollution exposure.

By Jeremy Ney, Time

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Women’s health has not received the attention it deserves for far too long. This week, during Women’s History Month, President Biden signed a new $12 billion initiative to be led by First Lady Jill Biden that advances both women’s health research and women’s health data. Under the executive order, all federal clinical trial research—not just NIH research—must represent women. The Women’s Health Initiative will also support important research for improving women’s health and closing health disparities. And it will strengthen research and data standards related to women’s health—from study design to data collection to how data are reported.

Recognizing and addressing the unique health needs of women is pivotal to creating a healthcare system that serves everyone equitably.

The Women’s Expert Panel that contributed to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s National Commission to Transform Public Health Data
Systems has played an important role in the mission to advance women’s health and research. The panel highlighted the need to improve the quality and completeness of data collection, as social factors like housing, transportation, and employment play an important role in a woman’s risk for poor health. The Commission’s final report, Charting a Course for an Equity-Centered Data System, provided recommendations that will help to eliminate inequities in public health data by addressing the legacies of structural racism which contribute to the poor health outcomes for women, particularly women of color. With the work of the Commission and other leaders in this space, and this recent executive order, I am optimistic about a future where women’s health is prioritized, leading to improved wellbeing for all.

Sincerely,
Dr. Gail C. Christopher
Executive Director, NCHE

NCHE’s executive director, Dr. Gail Christopher, interviewed Michael R. Crawford, associate dean for strategy, outreach, and innovation at Howard University College of Medicine, to discuss the public health data landscape and the importance of building a digitally equitable health ecosystem that benefits everyone.

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Sixty eager minds chose Charles Drew University (CDU) for their first cohort, intrigued by a curriculum that dives into social determinants of health like housing, reliable transportation, and proximity to pharmacies and clinics. See how CDU’s innovative approach is shaping future healthcare pros!

By Abené Clayton, The Guardian

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By Dara Mathis, New York Times

On June 24, 1983, Byllye Avery welcomed 2,000 Black women to Spelman College for the First National Conference. They shared their stories, inspiring remarkable change and a reminder of how health is inevitably affected by racism.

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By Nicquel Terry Ellis, CNN

The average life expectancy of Native Americans has dropped significantly in recent years. Graduates of University of North Dakota’s new doctoral program in Indigenous health are working to reduce disparities and create better health outcomes for Native communities. Their efforts are invaluable to ensure everyone can live longer and healthier lives.

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