Public Health Informatics Is The Essay


2009). Ultimately, I do not believe it matters if the research studies are exactly 'like Tuskegee.' A fundamental difference between the two is that the African population might not be treated with the full resources of Western medicine had they not participated in the trials, while the men in the Tuskegee study would undeniably have received a penicillin vaccination and lived healthy lives. But merely because a study is not equivalent to Tuskegee does not mean that it does not raise profound moral problems (Ho 1997).


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Mamotte, Nicole. (et al. 2009). Convergent ethical issues in HIV / AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria vaccine trials in Africa: Report from the WHO/UNAIDS African AIDS Vaccine

Programme's Ethics, Law and Human Rights Collaborating Centre consultation, 10-11

BMC Medical Ethics 11:3 doi: 10.1186/1472-6939-11-3

Q3. Find a site within one of the governmental health agencies devoted to health disparities. Discuss the research or interventions it contains.

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), the "CDC aims to eliminate health disparities for vulnerable populations as defined by race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, geography, gender, age, disability status, risk status related to sex and gender, and among other populations identified to be at-risk for health disparities" (Health disparities, 2012, CDC). Thus, as well as attempting to improve the health of the general population, the CDC acknowledges that certain populations for socioeconomic, genetic, and...


The CDC's Office of Minority Health & Health Equity (OMHHE) guiding principle is that "The future health of the nation will be determined to a large extent by how effectively we work with communities to eliminate health disparities among those populations experiencing a disproportionate burden of disease, disability, and death" (Fact sheet, 2013, CDC). It is not enough to eliminate disease overall, but also eliminate disparities in suffering and treatment.
The Office identifies and publicizes health disparities as part of its central mission and keeps records of health statistics specifically in relation to health inequities. For example, the adjusted death rate for African-Americans was nearly double than that of whites for diabetes thus interventions in this community to combat diabetes have been prioritized (Fact sheet, 2013, CDC). It also "initiates and maintains strategic partnerships with governmental, non-governmental, national, and regional organizations to advance science, practice, and workforce for eliminating health disparities" and "provides leadership for CDC-wide policies, strategies, action planning and evaluation to eliminate health disparities" (About, 2012, CDC). Its mission is practical in the manner in which it provides advices and creates alliances to further the cause of healthcare equality, as well as is based in education and research.

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About CDC's Office of Minority Health & Health Equity (OMHHE) CDC.


Fact sheet. (2013). CDC. Retrieved:

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