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Ethnic/Minority Health


Research Guide to Ethnic/Minority Health Statistics

Table of Contents
1. Introduction
2. Sources of Information
2.1. Books
2.2. Journals
2.3. Internet
2.4 Other data sources

1. Introduction

The purpose of this guide is to assist faculty, students, and staff of the University of Chicago find ethnic/minority health statistics. This guide is not meant to be exhaustive but to highlight key resources for locating information on this topic.

2. Sources of Information

2.1 Book Resources

For electronic access to books, try searching the MD Consult database. You can search within an individual textbook, or run a search across >35 textbooks simultaneously for your topic.

Use the Library catalog to locate relevant print and electronic books in the University Library.

Try to identify general texts on your topic and you should be able to find the data you need. Excellent data is buried within textbooks; just because a textbook has not been labeled in the catalog as a statistical resource does not mean that important numerical data is not included within the work. You will need to browse textbook and textbook chapters for tables and graphs on your topic in order to retrieve desired information.

Subject headings in the catalog often do not include terms like statistics unless the book only reports summary data, like in a survey. Instead, browse or search the catalog using broad and narrow subject terms related to diabetes. Catalog tip: use the "*" wildcard to search for variations of your root term. For example child* to search for child or children or children's. You can then combine these subject terms with the type of data you are interested in. For example minorit* and diabet*.

Ethnic Groups
Minorities -- Health and hygiene
Minorities -- Medical care
Afro-Americans -- Health and hygiene
Afro-Americans -- Medical care
Indians of North America -- Health and hygiene

Title Author Date Collection Call#
Handbook of multicultural mental health : assessment and treatment of diverse populations Cuéllar, Israel. 2000 Crerar Library Bookstacks RC455.4.E8 H36 2000
Medical anthropology and African American health Bailey, Eric J., 1958- 2000 Regenstein Library Bookstacks RA448.5.N4 B424 2000
Minority health in America : findings and policy implications from the Commonwealth Fund minority health survey Hogue, Carol J. R. 2000 Crerar Library Bookstacks RA448.4 .M566 2000
Promoting health in multicultural populations : a handbook for practitioners Huff, Robert M. 1999 Crerar Library Bookstacks RA448.4 .P76 1999
Health in America : a multicultural perspective NAKAMURA, RAYMOND M. 1999 Crerar Library Bookstacks RA448.4 .N35 1999
Gender, ethnicity, and health research / Loue, Sana 1999 Crerar Library Bookstacks RA448.4 .L68 1999
Children of immigrants : health, adjustment, and public assistance / Hernandez, Donald J. 1999 Regenstein Library Bookstacks HV741 .C536157 1999
Native outreach : a report to American Indian, Alaska native and native Hawaiian communities National Institutes of Health (U.S.) 1999 Crerar Library Bookstacks E98.D6N37 1999
Racial/ethnic patterns of cancer in the United States, 1988-1992 Miller, Barry A. 1998 Crerar Library Reference, floor 1 RA645.C3R33 1998
Women of color health data book : adolescents to seniors / Leigh, Wilhelmina. 1998 Crerar Library Reference, floor 1 RA564.86. L45 1998
Racial and ethnic differences in the health of older Americans Martin, Linda G. 1997 Crerar Library Bookstacks RA408.M54 R33 1997
Ethnoepidemiology on cancer / Tajima, Kazuo, 1947- 1996 Crerar Library Bookstacks RC268.5.E84 1996
Chronic disease in minority populations : African-Americans, American Indians and Alaska native, Asians and Pacific Islanders, Hispanic Americans. Center for Disease Control 1994 Crerar Library Bookstacks RA644.6.C337 1994
Health and medical care of African-Americans Reed, Wornie L. 1993 Crerar Library Bookstacks RA448.5.N4R440 1993
Cardiovascular diseases in blacks / Saunders, Elijah. 1991 Crerar Library Bookstacks RC681.A1C32 v.21 no.3
Racial and ethnic differences in disease Polednak, Anthony P. 1989 Regenstein Library Bookstacks GN296.P650 1989
Ethnicity and health Van Horne, Winston A. 1988 SSA Library RA563.M56E850 1988
Cancer among blacks and other minorities : statistical profiles / Baquet, Claudia R.  1986 Crerar Library Reference, floor 1 RC282.B55C36

2.2 Journals

There are two versions of the the Medline database available.
Medline on OVID
and PubMed.

MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine's premier database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. MEDLINE contains bibliographic citations and abstracts from more than 4,000 biomedical journals. The file contains over 11 million citations dating back to 1966.

The Print version of this database is known as Index Medicus. Print volumes from 1987-present are available in the Crerar Library Reference Collection at Z6660.C88.


National Library of Medicine's Current Bibliographies
in Medicine

Citations are usually derived from searching a variety of online databases. NLM databases utilized include MEDLINE, AVLINE, BIOETHICSLINE, CANCERLIT, CATLINE, HEALTH, POPLINE and TOXLINE.

2.3 Internet Resources

Sites were selected based upon the authority and/or reputation of the issuing body in addition to the quality and organization of the website. Federal organizations, medical associations, and private organizations are included.

Statistics available
The Commonwealth Fund
Private foundation dedicated to helping people become more informed about their health care, and improving care for vulnerable populations such as children, elderly people, low-income families, minority Americans, and the uninsured. In connection with its grantmaking, the Fund issues more than 50 reports each year on the topics listed in the left-hand navigation bar of the page.
HealthWeb is a cooperative project of the health sciences libraries of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC).
Indian Health Service
IHS, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives.
National Center for Health Statistics
(NCHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is responsible for the collection, analysis, and dissemination of statistics on the nature and extent of the health, illness, and disability of the U.S. population
National Medical Association
The National Medical Association (NMA) is the collective voice of African American physicians and the leading force for parity and justice in medicine and the elimination of disparities in health.
  • Consensus Papers
    • Biomedical Research: African-American patient and physician representation in clinical trials is generally inadequate thereby compromising the quality and validity of clinical trial findings applicable to the treat-ment of African-American patients.
    • Correctional Mental Health: The Role of the Psychiatrist in Evaluating and Treating “Death Row” Inmates
    • Medical Practice: Bias and Medical Decision Making: Implications for the Medical School Curriculum
    • Medical School Curriculum: The Entry of African American Students into U.S. Medical Schools: An Evaluation of Recent Trends
    • Medical Workforce: The Entry of African American Students into U.S. Medical Schools: An Evaluation of Recent Trends
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)
The ASPE is the principal advisor to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on policy development issues.
  • Assessment of Major Federal Data Sets for Analyses of Hispanic and Asian or Pacific Islander Subgroups and Native Americans. These two reports assess the capability of several federal surveys to provide data on major subgroups of Hispanic and Asian or Pacific Islanders (e.g. Mexican-Americans, Puerto Ricans, Chinese, and Filipinos) and on American Indian or Alaska Natives (AIANs).
Office of Minority Health
A Nationwide Service of the Office of Minority Health, Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Statistics from the OMH Resource Center
  • OHM-RC database. While the OMH-RC database is comprehensive, many materials listed are NOT directly available online and need to be obtained directly from the publisher.

2.4 Other data sources

Statistical Universe

Major tool for statistical research. Covers data from U.S. federal and state governments; university research centers, private associations and organizations, and independent research groups; and international and intergovernmental organizations. Records include abstracts, with full text of selected U.S. federal and state publications available from as early as 1995.

Statistical Universe is the online equivalent of the following resources available in print. You will need to consult the print version in order to conduct historical research.

American statistics index (ASI)
Reading Rm, floor 1 Regenstein Z1223.Z7A51 (1973-)

Index to international statistics (IIS)
Reading Rm, floor 1 Regenstein (1983-)

Statistical Abstract of the United States
At multiple locations. Please check holdings. HA202.A2 (1878-)

Statistical reference index (SRI)
Reading Rm, floor 1 Regenstein Z7554.U5S71(1980-)