Health Disparities

Simply put, disparities in healthcare means if you are black, brown, non-white, or have other racial, sexual orientation or socio-economic characteristics, these can be risk factors that lead to complications or a poorer health outcome. 

Fortunately, rising awareness of the systemic issues in healthcare are instigating innovation and changes in how healthcare is delivered. Access to public health prevention, affordable healthcare treatment and medications are barriers that will need to be addressed at the policy level.  The Affordable Care Act of 2012 provided accelerated protections for disparities, especially access to coverage for healthcare for all Americans.

The first step in preventing and addressing these disparities is understanding them. Below are resources that shed light on the problem & some solutions.


 

Resources

AMA Resources on Healthcare Disparities
A list of references & resources from the American Medical Association

Birth Justice
From the website Evidence Based Birth, a section on how racism impacts maternal-child health, labor & birth outcomes.

Five Key Questions and Answers About Health Disparities
From the Kaiser Family Foundation, a healthcare research organization. Providing trusted information on health and healthcare issues.

The Commonwealth Fund: Racial Disparities in Healthcare
The Commonwealth Fund's mission is to promote a high-performing health care system that improvesaccess,quality, & greater efficiency, with an empshais on our most vulnerable citizens, including low-income, the uninsured, and people of color.

National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Report from The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ)
You can select your state to see how it measures up.

Civil Rights Violations
The US Government's Department of Civil Rights accepts and reviews consumer or patient complaints if you feel you've been discriminated against in any healthcare setting. 

 

 

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