December 2015 National REACH Coalition Newsletter
"Advancing Racial and Ethnic Health Equity"

December focuses global attention on 
World AIDS Day

NRC Recognizes World AIDS Day


In this edition of the NRC Newsletter, we join organizations across the country and around the world in recognizing December 1, 2015 as World AIDS Day. Within communities throughout the United States the continued need for AIDS awareness and prevention efforts to stem the increasing rate of HIV infection remains vitally important. In the articles below we provide facts and resources that may help your organizations address HIV/AIDS in your communities. 

In support of this cause and to spread awareness throughout communities across the nation, NRC recognizes World AIDS Day.


NRC Mission:
To Increase the capacity of underserved racial and ethnic communities across the U.S. to achieve health equity.

About Us:
The National REACH Coalition (NRC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, located in Washington D.C., that is committed to the elimination of health disparities and the achievement of health equity among racial and ethnic minorities.

Please visit the NRC Website for more information.
This NRC Newsletter Edition Features Stories On:

Recognizing World AIDS Day
AIDS Trends Among Racial & Ethnic Populations
HIV/AIDS Awareness
Tips to a Healthier and Happier New Year

Health Equity in the News:
Strengthening Efforts to Study Cancer Health Disparities
More News on Health Disparities
Racial Injustice is a Health Disparity

Request for Publications

Support the National REACH Coalition's work to promote, develop, and implement innovative techniques aimed at the elimination of health disparities within communities of color. Contribute to our efforts by making a generous donation to the National REACH Coalition's Annual Fund.


During the holiday season, Support NRC's efforts as we advance racial and ethnic health equity into the new year. Donations are tax deductible.

AIDS Trends Among Racial and Ethnic Groups

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), within the United States, the risk of AIDS in higher racial and ethnic populations. Although the risk factors for HIV/AIDS are the same for everyone, some racial/ethnic groups are more affected than others, given their percentage of the population.

  • By race, blacks/African Americans face the most severe burden of HIV.
  • In 2011, an estimated 15,958 African Americans were diagnosed with AIDS in the United States.
  • By the end of 2010, an estimated 260,821 African Americans ever diagnosed with AIDS had died in the United States.
  • In 2009, Hispanics/Latinos accounted for 19% (220,400) of the estimated 1.1 million people living with HIV infection in the United States.
  • In 2011, an estimated 6,849 Hispanics/Latinos were diagnosed with AIDS in the United States and 6 dependent areas. This number has fluctuated since 2008.
  • By the end of 2010, an estimated 118,783 Hispanics/Latinos who had ever been diagnosed with AIDS had died in the United States and 6 dependent areas. In 2010, HIV was the sixth leading cause of death among Hispanics/Latinos aged 25-34 in the United States and the eighth leading cause of death among Hispanics/Latinos aged 35-54

*Estimated New HIV Infections in the United States, 2010, for the Most Affected Subpopulations (CDC Surveillance Data)

HIV/AIDS Awareness Makes a Difference

The serious health crisis of HIV/AIDS in communities of color, specifically within African Americans and Latino/Hispanic populations, must be combatted with a combination of strategies in the effort to reduce the epidemic.   
Those strategies include:
  • Raising awareness about HIV/AIDS among African American and Hispanic/lLatino leaders
  • Increase access to HIV/AIDS prevention and care services for African Americans and Hispanics/lLatinos
  • Support a comprehensive federal agenda to combat HIV/AIDS in communities of color
  • Encourage state and local health departments to expand and strengthen their responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic among communities of color 

Did you know?  More than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection, and almost 1 in 7 (14%) are unaware of their infection.

Tips To a Healthier and Happier New Year



5 Healthy Tips to Carry Us Into 2014

Whatever your situation, there are steps you can take to improve your health. Here
are a few useful tips from the 
Net Doctor for a safe and healthy new year.

1) Stop smoking 

Addiction to tobacco is both physical and psychological. Quitting smoking is one of the most difficult and common resolutions every year. There are useful tips and resources from The American Lung Association to help adult and teen smokers quit for good and have a healthier new year.          

2) Maintain a Healthy Weight

Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is important for your overall health, and can prevent and control certain diseases and conditions. The National Health Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) offers key recommendations for achieving a healthy weight.

3) Drink Less

When you're out, choose more diluted alcoholic drinks, such as white wine spritzers. The first step is to look at how much you drink and compare that amount to the recommended daily guidelines. The Mayo Clinic shares additional health benefits from moderate alcohol consumption.


4) Stay Fit and Active

Physical activity not only contributes to your overall health, but it also increases mental clarity throughout the day. Choose something that you enjoy for fun. Why not try walking, running, Zumba or aerobics? The National Institute of Health (NIH), offers techniques to perform strength exercises and maintain an active lifestyle.

5) Get more sleep  

Eight hours of sleep per night is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning, including weekends.The National Sleep Foundation offers tips to good sleep hygiene and the best sleep practices.                                                                                  


Strengthening Efforts to Study Cancer Health Disparities


"As the National Cancer Institute (NCI) explains in the following video, cancer health disparities occur when different races, ethnicities, and population groups have higher rates of cancer diagnoses and cancer deaths than other groups.

In order to build on its commitment to reducing cancer health disparities in the Intermountain West, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) has earned a three-year grant to aid the development of cancer health disparities researchers in the Intermountain West through the Geographical Management of Cancer Health Disparities (GMaP) program at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The GMaP grant will support these researchers through virtual engagement and mentorship, interactive distance education and mentoring approaches, and traditional face-to-face interaction."


Source: NBC for Huntsman Cancer Institute

More News on Health Disparities

These recently published articles in the media highlight the inequities in health care and health research.
The Emerging Business Models and Value Proposition of Mobile Health Clinic
"Mobile health clinics are increasingly used to deliver healthcare to urban and rural populations..." Read more here.
Public health surveillance experts to tackle health equity challenges
"Carrying the theme 'Harnessing Data to Advance Health Equity', the meeting highlights the importance of using data and new analytic methodologies to promote health equity worldwide.c...." Read more here.

State Legislatures Expanding Focus on Telehealth
These include its potential ability to ameliorate healthcare workforce shortages and maldistributions, reduce health disparities for aging and underserved populations, and improve access to care and reduce costs....." Read more here.

Racial Injustice is a Health Disparity

These recently published articles in the media highlight how racial justice is part and parcel of the determinants of racial and ethnic health equity.
Outraged physicists formally rebut Supreme Court justice's comments about racial diversity in science education
"In the wake of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's apparent endorsement of the claim that affirmative action hurts black scientists, professional physicists have written a letter to the Supreme Court denouncing the claims...." Read more here.

““The economic disparity that is created from the incarceration of citizens from low income communities, in most cases the father of a family,” Robertson said. “This creates a system that created a second class of people.” ...." Read more here.

Help Build Resources for Health Equity

NRC's website provides a resource center that includes publications, articles and reports highlighting the outcomes and achievements of community led initiatives addressing racial and ethnic health disparities, developed and implemented by network partners.

You can help us continue to build the NRC Resource Center by sharing your publications, white papers, and journal articles to highlight your work.
Please feel free to submit any publication, article or report to, to be uploaded to the website.

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