Links Health Disparities and Cost of Health Care
New York, NY (PRWEB) October 8, 2009 — Health Power for Minorities (Health Power®), an organization that provides health information and health promotion services for minority/multicultural health improvement, launched its nationally unique web site with a focus on the link between decreasing racial and ethnic health disparities (health disparities), and decreasing the cost of health care reform. Google lists Health Power’s web site,www.healthpowerforminorities.com, No. 1 among more than 1.8 million sources of ‘health information for minorities’. It provides authoritative, user-friendly, and culturally relevant health related information and promotion services for disease prevention, early detection and control.
Many leading national health organizations actively advocate eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities including the: National Medical Association, National Hispanic Medical Association, Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Coalition (REHDC), Intercultural Cancer Council, Institute of Medicine, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, Howard University College of Medicine, Meharry Medical College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Health Power.
- The landmark 2002 report of the Institute of Medicine “Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care”, found that U.S. racial and ethnic minorities are more likely to receive unequal treatment, and experience a lower quality of health services.
- African-Americans have the highest prevalence of hypertension, the highest self-reported prevalence of diagnosed diabetes, and the highest rate of hospitalizations for stroke
- Rates of diabetes are 50 to 60% higher in Cuban Americans and 110 to 120% higher in Mexican Americans than in non- Hispanic Caucasians.
- The prevalence of diabetes in 2004 for 65-74 year olds was 27.7 % in Blacks, 26.0% in Hispanics, and 14.9% in Whites.
- 68 of 81 studies on healthcare comparisons found that multicultural patients experience more disparities compared to White patients
- Multicultural populations receive lower quality health care than Caucasians even when insurance status, income, age and severity of conditions are comparable
- Cancer of the prostate is higher in African American men than any other population group in the U.S.
- Infant Mortality Rates in 2003 for Blacks was 13.61%, as compared to 6.84% for the total U.S. population, 8.73% for American Indians/Alaska Natives, 5.70% for Whites, 5.64% for Hispanics, 4.83% for Asian-Pacific Islanders. These findings highlight (a) the diversity of health findings that may exist even among racial and ethnic populations, and (b)the necessity for customized approaches to education, segmented marketing, and care.
- Whereas the prevalence of obesity for all adult women is 31%, it is nearly 50 percent for Black, Hispanic and American Indian women.
Representative National Organizations that Actively Advocate
Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Medicine – Source of Landmark Report on Issue
American Cancer Society
American Diabetes Association
American Heart Association
American Medical Association
American Obesity Association
American Psychiatric Association
American Stroke Association
Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
Health Power for Minorities (Health Power
Howard University College of Medicine
Intercultural Cancer Council
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
Kaiser Family Foundation
Latino Caucus of American Public Health Association
Meharry Medical College
Morehouse School of Medicine
National Black Nurses Association
National Center for Cultural Competence at Georgetown University
National Hispanic Medical Association
National Hispanic Nurses Association
National Medical Association
Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Coalition
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC)
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Indian Health Service (IHS)
National Cancer Institute, NIH
National Center for Minority Health & Health Disparities, NIH
National Heart Lung and Blood institute, NIH
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH
National Task Force on the Prevention and Treatment of Obesity, NIH
Office of Minority Health (OMH)
Office on Women’s Health
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- engage in high risk practices which=2 0decrease the probability of disease prevention;
- deny illness, resulting in delayed disease diagnoses and care; and
- have decreased access to care, often with resulting inadequate treatment outcomes
In summary, in the “Emerging Increasingly Diverse America”, the nation will benefit greatly from realizing, and acting on the reality, that the elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities should be: A National Priority, and Not a Marginal Issue.
Note: Health Power for Minorities (Health Power), a national organization, provides health information and wellness promotion services via the Internet to improve the health of minorities/multicultural populations. Google lists the nationally unique Health Power web site