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By Paul G. Rogers (auth.), Joan H. Marks (eds.)

The roles of either the patron and the future health recommend specialist became more and more major in to­ day's weather of "rationed" healthiness care. it kind of feels transparent that the well timed alternate of rules between professional overall healthiness care advocates is important if we're to accommodate the complicated difficulties of a technologically complex so­ ciety looking to ration its heath care in a very humane approach. towards any such well timed alternate, the 1st Confer­ ence on Advocacy in health and wellbeing Care was once equipped by way of the wellbeing and fitness Advocacy software of Sarah Lawrence university and lately held. Advocacy in well-being Care: the facility of a Silent Constituency is the lawsuits of the convention and should, we think, enormously expand our efforts to proportion either the issues and ideas that potent sufferer advocacy involves. by no means sooner than has the problem of advocating for certain inhabitants teams via combining the assets of shoppers and pros been the unique concentration of 1 quantity. This ebook discusses the ability of such an alignment and describes particular organizational suggestions which were potent in bringing approximately adjustments within the supply procedure. the ultimate component to the e-book, "Questions, Com­ ments and Answers," provides a range of issues of particular curiosity that surfaced in the course of the open disc- vii viii Preface sion on the final convention consultation. The reviews have been forthright of their feedback of public coverage, and the power of the argument underscored the energy of the co­ alition among execs and consumers.

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Health Advocacy Among Minority Groups George I. Lythcott Introduction The problem of health advocacy among minority groups centers around the providers of health care (a) drawing attention to the magnitude of the problems of disease affecting the different minority groups in the United States, and (b) more importantly, planning, developing, and implementing programs that will diffuse specific information throughout these groups to assure optimal access to the health-care system and the appropriate use of that system to reduce the individual and collective morbidity, as well as the number of preventable deaths.

Let me first establish the numbers and kinds of minorities about which we speak, then I will present significant comparative data to identify the current abysmal health status of these minorities-both reasons 27 28 George L Lythcott enough for developing and improving the diffusion of information that will support the minorities access and appropriate use of the health-care system. 4 million American Indians. 5 million Blacks. Now let us look, by race, at four selected parameters often used in determining health status in a community or nation-infant mortality, life expectancy, maternal mortality, and the percent of live births with no prenatal care or only third-trimester prenatal care.

_ •••• ------------ ------_. ' ...... , ....................... _.. _.......... " ......... -,... , '- ------_...... /~ /' 10 ,,'. 7 8. YEIIR Fig. 1. Infant mortality rates by race. Health Advocacy Among Minority Groups 29 common finding when attempting to correlate healthrelated data by race. In 1978, and this could be extrapolated to 1982, infant mortality among blacks was about twice that of whites, whereas Chinese and Japanese infant mortality in the US is actually lower than among whites.

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