Disparities among cardiovascular professionals continue to exist, shows study

Despite working for more than two decades to address underrepresentation of women in cardiology, disparities among cardiovascular professionals continue to exist.

Profound inequities also exist for individuals underrepresented in medicine, such as African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans, who constitute 32 percent of the U.S. population but only eight percent of practicing cardiologists.

The disparities amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic present disturbing evidence that we are far from cardiovascular healthcare equity in the work place. Individuals, leaders and institutions must prioritize research, policies, and structures to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging that is essential to advancing workforce excellence and cardiovascular health.”

Emelia J. Benjamin, MD, ScM, Study Corresponding Author and Professor, Department of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Diversity and equity in the health-care workforce have been shown to benefit patients and increase access to

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White House insists secret health care plan ‘certainly does exist’

At a Capitol Hill hearing last week, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) asked several leading Trump administration officials, each of whom work directly in the health care field, whether they had any idea what the White House’s health care plan entails. It didn’t go especially well.

Federal testing czar Brett Giroir, Robert Kadlec, assistant secretary for preparedness and response at HHS, and CDC Director Robert Redfield all answered the same way: they had no idea.

Soon after, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany fielded some questions about Donald Trump’s elusive plan and who’s working on its creation. “If you want to know,” she said, “come work here at the White House.”

Yesterday, another reporter noted that there are “doubts” that the president’s health care plan “actually exists.” This time, McEnany responded in an unintentionally funny way.

“No, it certainly does exist. The President, in the next week or so, will be

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