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The Guttmacher Institute, which works to advance sexual and reproductive health in the U.S. and worldwide, here summarizes a new Kaiser Family Foundation Report that finds “persistent disparities between white women and women of color on a broad range of health indicators, including rates of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, AIDS and cancer.”

NPR’s Tell Me More conducted a sobering interview with the study’s co-author, Cara James, along with former Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Louis Sullivan. (One stunning takeaway from the study, which spanned all 50 states: women of color became newly infected with AIDS at a rate 11 times higher than white women.) Listen here.

The study’s findings are disheartening — but the fact that they’re getting widespread media attention (go to Google News and search for “kaiser family foundation disparities” — hundreds of articles come up) at a time when health care reform is on the table is the opposite.