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Improving access to emergency contraception (Russian)

Explains, in Russian, why access to emergency contraception can avert unwanted pregnancies and abortions worldwide.

Published: 2003
Diverse communities, common concerns: assessing health care quality for minority Americans. Findings from the Commonwealth Fund   
http://www.commonwealthfund.org/~/media/Files/Publications/Fund%20Report/2002/Mar/Diverse%20Communities%20%20Common%20Concerns%20%20Assessing%20Health%20Care%20Quality%20for%20Minority%20Americans/collins_diversecommun_523%20pdf.pdf

Focuses on the differences in care experiences among whites, Hispanics, African Americans and Asian Americans. Demonstrates that on a wide range of health care quality measures, minority Americans do not fare as well as whites.

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Published: 2002
Rural women and substance use: issues and implications for programming  
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hecs-sesc/cds/pdf/rural_e.pdf

Explores the life circumstances of rural women and issues related to rural living and women's problematic use of alcohol, tobacco, medications, and illegal drugs. Examines related programs for these women and suggests solutions for overcoming barriers to programming in rural settings. Provides a list of resource materials and contacts for health and social services providers.

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Published: 1996
Immigrant women and substance use: current issues, programs and recommendations  
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/whsr-rssf/pdf/WHSR_Chap_7_e.pdf

Examines immigrant, refugee, ethnic and racial minority women's health promotion needs in relation to substance use. Also discusses barriers and issues these women face in accessing substance use health services.

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Published: 1996
Language barriers in access to health care  
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hcs-sss/pubs/acces/2001-lang-acces/index-eng.php

The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of current research describing the impact of language barriers on health care access and quality of care, and the role that language access programs can play in addressing these barriers. While the review includes studies done in other countries, this report aims to provide an analysis of the research evidence from a Canadian perspective. (See Details)

Published: 2001
Birth rights: new approaches to safe motherhood  
http://www.ired.org/modules/infodoc/cache/files/pdf/anglais/doc_e327.pdf

Outlines the causes of high maternal mortality rates in areas of the world and suggests political and socioeconomic causes.

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Published: 2001
Removing the barriers to accessing care for lesbians  
www.mautnerproject.org/content/getfile.cfm%3FFamilyID=791&filename=Removing%20the%20Barriers%20Program%20info-sheet.pdf

Aims to build the skills of health care providers and promote change in health care institutions through training and technical assistance, as well as define the dimensions of culture and the principles of culturally competent medical care. Discusses the diversity of the population described as lesbian or women who partner with women. Lists individual, structural and institutional factors that affect access to health care and result in barriers to screening for breast cancer and cervical cancer among lesbians.

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Published: 2000
The health of minority women  
http://www.4woman.gov/owh/pub/minority/

Examines various topics regarding the health of minority women in the United States, which includes African American or Black women, Hispanic women or Latinas, Asian American women, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander women and American Indian/Alaska Native women. Looks at barriers limiting access to health care, the use of preventive health services, and health status and concerns.

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Published: 2003
Expanding access to safe abortion: strategies for action  
www.iwhc.org

Provides information to generate and support concerted efforts to end needless death, injury, and suffering from unsafe abortion.

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Published: 1998
The health of immigrants and refugees in Canada  
http://journal.cpha.ca/index.php/cjph/article/view/1494/1683

Examines health status issues, as well as health care delivery policies and procedures, for immigrant and refugees in Canada. Identifies gaps in research.

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Published: 2004