ERIC Number: ED326585
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Now Is the Time: An Action Agenda for Improving Black and Minority Health in Maryland. The Final Report of the Maryland Governor's Commission on Black and Minority Health.
Maryland State Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene, Baltimore.; Maryland Governor's Commission on Black and Minority Health, Baltimore.
This document comprises a report on the disparity between the health status of Maryland's blacks and minorities and the white population. Information was gathered from statewide public hearings at which over 50 individuals and groups representing the general public and health care providers testified. The major finding was that a disproportionate number of black and minority Marylanders died needlessly between 1983 and 1985 from diseases, homicide, or accidents that were either preventable or controllable. Although Maryland has one of the best health care delivery systems in the nation, major improvements are needed if the health status of blacks and minorities is to change. Goals for improvement and priority recommendations are discussed. Statistical data are included on one graph and 13 tables. Brief summaries of the following topics are also included: (1) major racial health-related disparities in Maryland; (2) factors contributing to identified racial health disparities; (3) major causes of death and related risk factors; (4) differences in the cultural norms of Anglo-Americans and minorities that may impede health care; and (5) priority goals and recommendations. Lists of the Governor's Commission on Black and Minority Health Task Force members, a national directory of health-related organizations and agencies, and brief discussions of the major health problems of Native Americans, refugees, and migrant farm workers in Maryland are appended. (FMW)
Descriptors: Access to Health Care, Blacks, Demography, Health Needs, Health Promotion, Health Services, Hearings, Migrant Workers, Minority Groups, Mortality Rate, Public Health, Racial Differences, Refugees, State Surveys, Whites
Maryland Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene, Policy and Health Statistics Administration, Division of Policy Analysis, 201 West Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland State Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene, Baltimore.; Maryland Governor's Commission on Black and Minority Health, Baltimore.