April is National Minority Health month and this year’s theme is Partnering for Health Equity which highlights partnerships at the federal, state, local, tribal and territorial levels that help reduce disparities in health and health care. Approximately 40.7 million Americans live with a disability. Of those 40.7 million approximately 58.4 percent identify as a minority race (i.e., black/African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, or Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander) or ethnicity (i.e., Hispanic or Latino) (American Fact Finder, Disability Characteristics 2016 American Community Survey). The Office of Minority Health Resource Center is a resource for minority health literature, research and referrals for consumers, community organizations and health professionals.
Did you know that NARIC provides information on minority-related disability and rehabilitation topics as well as information and referral in Spanish for Hispanic and Latino consumers? A very quick search of our REHABDATA database for the term “minorities” resulted in over 200 documents related to racial and ethnic minorities. Dive deeper into REHABDATA, using the advanced search page to find more research literature on specific groups or health concerns. Additionally, NIDILRR has supported a variety of research projects related to racial and ethnic minorities and disability-related topics.
Patrons searching for supports, services, and programs in the community can touch base with us in English or Spanish at https://www.naric.com/?q=askme (English) or https://www.naric.com/?q=es/node/30 (Spanish) or by calling an information specialist directly at 800/346-2742. NARIC’s website resources are also available in Spanish at https://www.naric.com/?q=es. Also, check out our free publication reSearch and the issue focused on Dual Status: Racial and Ethnic Minorities, and Disability featuring research from the NARIC collection, PubMed, and other research databases!