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Databases in HEALWA with Race and Healthcare Resources

These are databases in the HEALWA collection that contain information related to health and race, or healthcare recommendations specific to minority populations. 


Dynamed is a point-of-care resource that offers access to a handful of studies regarding racial disparities and outcomes for certain health conditions among minority populations. HEALWA membership is required for full access.

Ethnomed is a collection of resources that integrates cultural information into clinical practice. The website intends to provide cultural context when working with immigrants and refugees, particularly in King County. It is also an entree to “cross-cultural” practice. Ethnomed provides information about immigration, cultural norms and values, experience with Western medicine, culture specific information and tools pertinent to the clinical encounter, and translated/culturally tailored information for patients. It can be accessed through, but is available to all without HEALWA membership.

Medline Plus is a service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world's largest medical library, which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Their mission is to present high-quality, relevant health and wellness information that is trusted, easy to understand, and free of advertising, in both English and Spanish. Specific resources are devoted to the health of African Americans, American Indian and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, GLBTQ individuals, Hispanic Americans, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders. It can be accessed through, but is available to all without HEALWA membership. 

  • To access health information by language (including Albanian, Hmong, Marshallese, Urdu, Yiddish, and more), click here.
  • To access health information in multiple languages by health topic (from "Abortion" to "Zika Virus"), click here.

SocINDEX is the authoritative bibliographic database for sociology research. It offers millions of indexed records from top sociology journals covering many studies including gender studies, criminal justice, social psychology, racial studies, religion and social work. HEALWA membership is required for full access.

Other Online Resources

All of Us is a research program from the National Institutes of Health. It is seeking one million or more people from across the U.S. to help speed up medical research, and in particular is searching for people less likely to be represented in scientific studies, like minority populations. People who join will share information about their health, habits, and what it’s like where they live. By looking for patterns, researchers will learn more about what affects people’s health. 

National Institute on Minority Health and Disparities from the NIH. NIMHD’s mission is to lead scientific research to improve minority health and reduce health disparities. This website includes information about programs, funding opportunities, and resources. For insights from NIMHD leaders, check out the NIMHD blog.

Washington Health Alliance Disparities in Care Report. The groups most likely to receive less effective and evidence-based care include ethnic and racial minorities, women, children or the elderly, or persons with disabilities. The purpose of this report is to help providers who serve Medicaid populations in Washington State better understand potential disparities within their practice and help them identify both areas of improvement and successes that can be replicated.

Health Equity Information from the Washington State Department of Health.

Washington Tracking Network, a source for environmental public health data and environmental disparities in Washington State.

"Healthy People" from the Office of Disease Prevention and Promotion provides information regarding disparities in health across US populations.

"Addressing Implicit Bias in Women's Health" from Georgetown School of Nursing and Health Studies takes a look at the ways women’s chronic pain conditions sometimes go untreated because of medical bias, how that contributes to health disparities, what providers are doing to address gender bias in healthcare, and how patients are learning to advocate for themselves.


Scholarly Works on Race and Healthcare

These are books outside the HEALWA collection that focus on healthcare and race. Some of them are available as ebooks. To access these texts through a library you're affiliated with, click on their titles.

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