ERIC Number: ED262136
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-May
Reference Count: 0
Partnerships in Health Promotion for Black Americans. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the National Society of Allied Health (Virginia Beach, VA, March 29-30, 1985).
Douglas, Harry E., III, Comp.
This conference report of the National Society of Allied Health focusses on the theme of health promotion for black Americans, with emphasis on creating cooperative partnerships to address the various social and environmental conditions adversely affecting minority group health status. The keynote speaker provided an historical perspective on health care status of Black and other minorities in America. He pointed out that while health status has improved over the past 85 years for Americans in general, Blacks and other minorities remain far behind on a number of key health status indicators. The report was divided into three sections: 1) health promotion from the community, consumer and religious perspective (This section provided insights and models for improving health status through measures such as holistic insight, education, personal awareness, and the historical need for Blacks to pull together.); 2) health promotion from the business, education and the professional perspectives (It was suggested that the business community best understands the benefits of establishing partnerships to promote health care and that it is tied to economic self-interest for both the business community and the minority health consumer.); 3) research and political perspectives (This section included information on the impact of professional regulation on minority employment in allied health and on Hill-Burton obligations to assure adequate care to poor and rural persons.) The recommendations from the speakers on these topics were that minorities should be more actively involved in health research and that the causes of high infant mortality among Blacks should not be further researched but rather dealt with by action programs designed to close the health status gap. The report closes with listings of the participants, including short descriptions of their professional affiliations. (CG)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations, Allied Health Personnel, Blacks, Business Responsibility, Church Programs, Community Influence, Consumer Education, Health Education, Health Programs, Job Training, Medical Services, Minority Groups, Participative Decision Making, Preventive Medicine, Problem Solving, Professional Autonomy, Psychiatry, Public Health Legislation, Public Policy, Research Needs
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources Administration (DHHS/PHS), Hyattsville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School, Los Angeles, CA.