“Minority health”, which focuses on the health of racial and ethnic minority or multicultural populations, is a very important issue in Houston, Texas. Another term used to address minority health is “racial and ethnic health disparities”. Health disparities are unfavorable or unequal differences in certain health conditions among certain Houston, Texas population groups such as: (a) incidence, (b) prevalence, (c) mortality (or death) rate, and (d) the nature of health care received among different Houston groups.
Health Power for Minorities, or Health Power, a nationally unique minority health improvement organization, has a website at www.healthpowerforminorities.com that provides a wide variety of minority health information in its Racial and Ethnic Health Channel that’s related to the health status of Houston residents. The Health Power website also provides much data that documents racial and ethnic health disparities in Houston, Texas minorities in its Health and Population Trend Tables.
Among the most frequent minority health issues in Houston, Texas are: heart disease (or cardiovascular disease), diabetes, obesity (or overweight and obesity), hypertension (or high blood pressure), and HIV/AIDS. The following Health Power website table lists 15 “Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities”, major minority health conditions in Houston, Texas that Health Power calls “Our Major Killers and Disablers”. The Health Power website provides information on each of the 15 minority health issues in the following table (just click on it) as well as much additional minority health information. Information provided on www.healthpowerforminorities.com relates to key lifestyles, health practices and conditions that contribute to the risk or existence of racial and ethnic health disparities in Houston, Texas.
If one understands these health disparities in Houston and adopts appropriate lifestyles and health practices among Houston residents, they can often be either:
detected early, when there is the greatest possibility of control.
Fortunately, even if a Houston individual develops one or more of the Health Power Major Killers and Disablers, with early detection and effective control, it is often possible to prevent or significantly delay disease progression.
Key Factors Contributing to Minority Health Conditions (Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities) in Houston, Texas
1. Low priority of preventive care (generally) in many Houston residents because of:
2. Lack of health insurance, or underinsurance (for many)
3. Inadequate number of multicultural health professionals
4. Key reasons for health disparities in minority populations
5.Decreased overall awareness of lifestyles and health practices that increase the risk of health disparities
6. Denial of early warning signals and delays in seeking care
7. Decreased access to high quality care
8. Greater distrust of the health or medical establishment (The Tuskegee Study effect, and other studies and experiences that have a long-lasting effect).
Health Power is committed to providing information which helps Houston residents to reverse the above situations that contribute so much to excess illness, disability, and early death in minorities/multicultural populations. Our website provides multiple checklists related to risk factors and practices to help Houston residents survey their personal situations, take appropriate actions, and thus increase their self-preservation.
Two important Health Power mottos are:
Stand Up for Your Health! ®
Knowledge + Action = Power! ®