Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Improving Data Collection to Reduce Health Disparities

Many racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities, and other commonly underserved populations face unique health challenges, have reduced access to health care and insurance, and often pay the price with poorer health throughout their lives.

These underserved populations are less likely to get the preventive care they need to stay healthy and are more likely to suffer from serious illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. When these populations do get sick, they are less likely to have access to quality health care. As a result, health disparities persist.

For example:

•Although they represent only one-third of the total U.S. population, racial and ethnic minorities comprise more than half of the uninsured.
•Among women aged 50 years and over, mammography rates were lower for women with activity limitations than for women without such limitations.
•Half of Latinos and more than a quarter of African Americans do not have a regular doctor.
•About 1 in 5 American Indians and Alaska Natives have two or more chronic conditions

Learn More at http://www.healthcare.gov/news/factsheets/disparities06292011a.html

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