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Black History Month & Awareness of Health Disparities

Posted by on February 5th, 2019 Posted in: General, Minority Health Concerns
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In today’s BHIC posts, I will highlight a few health resources to spread information about important conditions and diseases affecting African-Americans and black people.

February 28, 2019 is Rare Disease Awareness Day.  Sickle Cell Disease is one rare disease affecting approximately 1 out of every 365 black or African-American births.  According to ADM Dr. Brett P Giroir, Assistant Secretary for Health, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, sickle cell disease is the “first disease characterized at the molecular and genetic level.”  To learn more, visit the Sickle Cell Disease page at the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s Genetics Home Reference site.

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Nora works as the Consumer Health Librarian for NNLM PSR at UCLA and is passionate about empowering people to participate in their healthcare by locating reliable health information. She is an advocate for recruiting traditionally underrepresented groups to health sciences librarianship.

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This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012344 with the University of Utah, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library.​

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