Cleveland Clinic alumni Gregory Hall, MD, MBA (IM’94) and Charles Modlin, MD, MBA, (U/RT’96), Founder and Director of the Minority Men’s Health Center of Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological Institute and Executive Director of Minority Health for Cleveland Clinic, have served together on the Ohio Commission on Minority Health. Independently, they focus on healthcare disparities and the health concerns of the African American community.
Cleveland Clinic’s African-American Male Biobank is available for researchers studying racial health disparities. Including more minorities in studies could aid understanding of disease risks.
Minority Men’s Health Fair and Minority Men’s Health Center at Cleveland Clinic are “friendly portals of entry” to the healthcare system aimed at reducing disparities for underserved populations.
Despite higher rates of kidney failure, African-Americans do not have the same access to kidney transplants as Caucasian-Americans. Physicians can help level the playing field.
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Millions of people gained healthcare coverage for the first time under the Affordable Care Act. That’s a step forward in efforts to reduce healthcare disparities, but people of color still face other significant barriers that are important for clinicians to recognize. “We know that there are variables beyond that lack of access,” says Charles Modlin, MD, a urologist who leads the Minority Men’s Health Center at Cleveland Clinic.