Family medicine is at the heart of a community's health. Our focus on addressing health disparities and improving health outcomes for minority populations ties directly to National Minority Health Month. This annual observance in April – which addresses the health needs of African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans and other minorities – provides an opportunity to elevate AAFP member voices and discuss issues that negatively impact patient and community health. Dr. Ada Stewart, AAFP board chair, also shared good news about the AAFP's next steps to advance diversity, equity and inclusion.
As a national health care organization who’s consistently reinforced the importance of preventive health, this year's theme – Give Your Community a Boost – also allows us to offer information that reinforces how vaccines impact health outcomes and build trust in family physicians. Danielle Jones, Ph.D., M.P.H, director of the AAFP's Center for Diversity and Health Equity, was a featured speaker during an April 21 HHS webinar on misinformation during COVID-19.
The AAFP has worked with the Office of Minority Health for more than 15 years on clinical recommendations and practice ideas that can help family physicians improve care for minority patients and underserved communities. We also support Public Health Week (April 4-11), Black Maternal Health Week (April 11-17), National Infant Immunization Week (April 24-30) and World Immunization Week (April 24-30).
Your colleagues are doing incredible work to address health equity issues and serve minority patients. In April, we're putting their voices at the center, because it's those stories - on the front lines of primary care - that really pave the way for change. We'll also celebrating members being recognized for their health equity work, like the Family Physicians Honored at 2022 National Minority Quality Forum Summit.
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The March/April edition of FPM delved into the importance of a patient's experience with their care, and how to address the biggest issues that create patient dissatisfaction or frustration.
A new survey offers insights on the degree to which social drivers of health affect not only patient health, but also physician practices and physician well-being.
An analysis confirms that substantial racial and ethnic health care inequities exist, even in states that are recognized as providing high-quality health care to their residents.
The COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force's final report found improvements in hospitalizations, deaths and vaccination rates among Black and Hispanic individuals.
Certain populations were disproportionately affected by the pandemic. An HHS issue brief examines disparities and offers approaches to achieve health equity.
An important way for AAFP to honor NMHM is to recognize that we still have work to do to address racism and inequalities in patient care. We are focused on improving existing health care processes that negatively affect minority communities. Our advocacy is critical to ensure the health care system works for everyone.
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