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Reporting a Health Quality Improvement Project for Reducing the Disparity in Screening Mammography Among Senior African-American Women

Author: EDWARD R. SOBEL and CINDY MANNIS
Published in JHHSA, Vol. 26 No. 3

Despite intensive efforts by the established medical community to offer
preventive health practices to minority populations, there remains a
significant disparity in utilization of many of these services. Between
African-American and Caucasian women there exists a significant
disparity in the use of screening mammography. Under contract by the
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Quality Improvement
Organizations (QIOs) have been charged with reducing disparities in
health care among identified minority populations within each state.
Quality Insights of Delaware, the QIO for the state, has developed a
project that utilizes a collaboration with African-American women and
community resources in an effective outreach program to the targeted
population.

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