Not all Americans are born equal.
Those differences between us, whether it is our racial or ethnic background, our income, our education, or our environment, have an impact on our health throughout our lifetimes.
In the United States, racial and ethnic minorities suffer more from preventable diseases and die earlier than White Americans. This difference is termed a health disparity, which is officially defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as “a particular type of health difference that is closely linked with social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantage.” (Healthy People 2020)
Health disparities have been around for a long time in the U.S. However, the sustained effort to eliminate them is relatively recent. The year 1985 saw one of the first serious efforts to bring attention to this issue. In that year, Margaret Heckler, Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), released the Secretary’s Task Force Report on Black and Minority Health, which documented the disparities between Whites and racial minorities, identified the gaps in our knowledge, and led to the development of the Office of Minority Health in DHHS.
Watch the Unnatural Causes video to learn more about health disparities in the U.S.
Source California Newsreel - http://www.unnaturalcauses.org
How have health disparities such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, HIV, and other diseases affected you, your family, or community?