Billionaire Ray Dalio’s Foundation Funds $50 Million ‘Health Justice’ Center To Curb Health Disparities Affecting Minorities

A $50 million pledge from billionaire hedge-fund manager Ray Dalio’s Dalio Philanthropies is funding a new center for health justice at NewYork-Presbyterian, the hospital announced on Tuesday.

The new Dalio Center for Health Justice will “address health disparities and health justice through research, education, advocacy and investment in communities,” according to a press release. One of its top priorities will be to focus on reducing disparities that disproportionately affect communities of color.

“Our goal is to contribute to equal healthcare and equal education because we believe that these are the most fundamental building blocks of equal opportunity and a just society,” Dalio said in the statement. “We know that these don’t adequately exist, and we are excited to have a great partner in NewYork-Presbyterian, who we are confident will find ways

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Billionaire Ray Dalio gives $50 million to fight racial and ethnic disparities in US health care system

Billionaire hedge-fund manager Ray Dalio is funding a new center dedicated to health equity and justice at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital through his philanthropy. 

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The Dalio Center for Health Justice, a research and advocacy organization, was launched on Tuesday as the result of a $50 million grant from Dalio Philanthropies with the goal of reducing health disparities that disproportionately affect communities of color. 

“Our goal is to contribute to equal healthcare and equal education because we believe that these are the most fundamental building blocks of equal opportunity and a just society,” Dalio, founder of Dalio Philanthropies and New York-Presbyterian Trustee, said in a statement

“We know that these don’t adequately exist, and we are excited to have a great partner in NewYork-Presbyterian,

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Public invited to address disparities among Black community in Washtenaw County

PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI — Activists and public officials will gather to discuss disparities among the Black community in Washtenaw County.

Activists will focus on five key areas at the ” Getting Real About Race” event, including housing, employment, education, health care and the criminal justice system in the county. It will run from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Lillie Park, 4365 Platt Road in Ann Arbor. Anyone interested is encouraged to register online.

“It’s one thing to know there’s a problem but there’s a whole other element to put some solutions in place. In Washtenaw County, we’ve been protesting, we have people of all different races coming together. While marching is definitely a part of it, we wanted individuals to know there’s another layer of work that needs to be done,” said Trische Duckworth, founder and executive director of Survivors Speak, a nonprofit leading the event.

Policing is

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Ambra Health Expands Work with RAD-AID to End Global Healthcare Disparities Through Teleradiology

NEW YORK, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Ambra Health, maker of the leading cloud-based, medical image management suite, today announced its expanding global footprint with RAD-AID, a nonprofit global health charity organization. RAD-AID has over 12,000 radiology volunteers and supporters, serving 80 hospitals in 35 countries, to support radiology health services in resource-poor communities via remote and on-site educational training, equipment implementation, and technology development.

In collaboration with Ambra and other partners, RAD-AID created the RAD-AID Friendship Cloud and integrated on-site radiology data management system with PACS for resource-poor hospitals to more easily and cost-effectively adopt life-saving medical imaging technologies. Ambra contributes expertise, software, and technical support to the RAD-AID Friendship Cloud, which provides low-resource hospitals on-site servers and storage plus cloud-based backup. The RAD-AID Friendship platform enables real-time PACS-based teleteaching and teleconsultations for education and global collaboration. This collaborative effort includes RAD-AID’s use of Ambra Health’s

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The mental health disparities faced by people of color

World Mental Health Day: The mental health disparities faced by people of color

Racism and stigma make it harder for people of color to get services, and it’s gotten worse during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published October 10, 2020

Richelle Concepcion still remembers the name she was called after trying to stop a White kid who was picking on younger peers on the swim team in high school.

“Shut the f**k up, you Oriental b*tch!” that kid yelled at her so many years ago.

Though Concepcion, a Filipina American, wasn’t the only person teased by that kid at her school in San Francisco, she was the only one called a racial slur.

“After that event, I spent time ruminating on the experience and went over scenarios in my head about what I could have said back, whether I was indeed what he called me, etc.,” said Concepcion,

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Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and IMPACT DC Partner on Bridging Health Disparities Gap

AAFA, IMPACT DC team up with a focus on expanding nationwide community health programming

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Image courtesy IMPACT DC

Washington D.C., Oct. 08, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In the United States, the burden of asthma falls disproportionately on poor, low-wealth, and minority populations. Decades of research and public health data show stark disparities in asthma prevalence, mortality and health care utilization along socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic lines with Black, Hispanic and Indigenous Americans under the heaviest burden. This was once again demonstrated in the comprehensive report Asthma Disparities in America: A Roadmap to Reducing Burden on Racial and Ethnic Minorities issued by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).

The problem can’t be solved alone. That’s why AAFA and the Improving Pediatric Asthma Care in the District of Columbia (IMPACT DC) Asthma Clinic at Children’s National Hospital are coming together to lead a national collaborative dedicated

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AHA News: How 20 Years of Stroke Research Revealed Disparities Among Mexican Americans | Health News


FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2020 (American Heart Association News) — Belinda Zuniga was searching the classified ads for job notices 14 years ago when a single word caught her attention: stroke.

Her grandmother had just had one. “We had so many questions. Her stroke really disabled her,” said Zuniga, a certified nursing assistant. She jumped at the chance to work for BASIC, the Brain Attack Surveillance in Corpus Christi research project.

Funded by the National Institutes of Health, BASIC is the only major study of stroke in Mexican Americans, the largest segment of the nation’s Hispanic population. Two decades ago, when Zuniga joined the project, Mexican Americans in her Texas town were more than twice as likely to suffer strokes as their non-Hispanic white neighbors – one of the first major findings to come from this research. Today, perhaps in part due to the heightened awareness from the project, the

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Hologic Announces Multi-Year, Multi-Pronged Commitment to Tackling Breast Cancer Screening Disparities for Black Women in Partnership with the Black Women’s Health Imperative and RAD-AID

MARLBOROUGH, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hologic, Inc. (Nasdaq: HOLX), an innovative medical technology company primarily focused on improving women’s health, today announced a multi-year commitment to decreasing breast cancer screening disparities for Black women.

The program is in partnership with the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI), the only nonprofit organization created by Black women to help protect and advance the health and wellness of Black women and girls through awareness and education, and RAD-AID, a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring equal access to radiology health services for medically underserved communities.

Research has shown that Black women are almost 40 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than non-Hispanic white women.1 Hologic’s initiative, which launched today in conjunction with the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is designed to encourage all Black women to get annual mammograms beginning at age 40, and to provide women in underserved communities with access to

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The Compounding Effect of Colon Cancer Disparities in America

In August, acclaimed actor Chadwick Boseman tragically passed away at age 43 after a four-year battle with colon cancer. Boseman played the role of Black Panther as well as several African American historical icons, some of which he filmed while quietly undergoing cancer treatment.

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Colorectal cancer, which is characterized by the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the colon or rectum, accounts for 8.2% of all new cancer cases and is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Colon cancer also disproportionately affects communities of color and economically marginalized populations.

As part of U.S. News’ ongoing series on health equity, U.S. News data analysts took a closer look at disparities in colon cancer and found stark differences in who was diagnosed, at what stage, and how they fared. Black, Hispanic and low socioeconomic status patients were less likely to be screened, more likely to

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Senate Democrats Call On Congress To Fix Racial Disparities In Health Care

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The disproportionate harm people of color have suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic serves as an “appalling reminder of the deep inequities” of the American health care system and demands Congressional remedies, according to a new Senate committee report.

The report cites research showing that Black people are dying from COVID-19 at 3.4 times the rate of white people, when adjusted for age. It notes that COVID-19 accounts for 1 in 5 deaths among Latinos. And American Indian or Alaska Native patients are hospitalized at more than four times the rate of white people, according to the analysis undertaken by Democrats on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP).

The report identifies steps Congress can take to address the lopsided harm, including focusing relief spending and pandemic-related public health initiatives on Black, Latino and Native Americans.

“The pandemic has just

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