Protection of racial/ethnic minority populations during an influenza pandemic

Sonja S. Hutchins, Kevin Fiscella, Robert S. Levine, Danielle C. Ompad, Marian McDonald

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Abstract

Racial/ethnic minority populations experience worse health outcomes than do othergroups during and after disasters. Evidence for a differential impact from pandemic influenza includes both higher rates of underlying health conditions in minority populations, increasing their risk of influenza-related complications, and larger socioeconomic (e.g., access to health care), cultural, educational, and linguistic barriers to adoption of pandemic interventions. Implementation of pandemic interventions could be optimized by (1) culturally competent preparedness and response that address specific needs of racial/ethnic minority populations, (2) improvements in public health and community health safety net systems, (3) social policies that minimize economic burdens and improve compliance with isolation and quarantine, and (4) relevant, practical, and culturally and linguistically tailored communications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume99
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

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Pandemics
Human Influenza
Health
Population
Quarantine
Health Services Accessibility
Disasters
Public Policy
Linguistics
Public Health
Economics
Safety

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Protection of racial/ethnic minority populations during an influenza pandemic. / Hutchins, Sonja S.; Fiscella, Kevin; Levine, Robert S.; Ompad, Danielle C.; McDonald, Marian.

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Hutchins, Sonja S. ; Fiscella, Kevin ; Levine, Robert S. ; Ompad, Danielle C. ; McDonald, Marian. / Protection of racial/ethnic minority populations during an influenza pandemic. In: American Journal of Public Health. 2009 ; Vol. 99, No. SUPPL. 2.
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