About Health Equity
Racial and ethnic groups in the United States continue to experience major differences in health access, treatment, and outcomes compared to whites. The forces that contribute to health disparities are complex, ranging from broader societal issues such as poverty, racism, and hazardous environments, to health system factors such as provider bias, lack of workforce diversity, and inaccessible or nonexistent health care facilities. However, lack of health coverage is by far the largest contributor, and people of color continue to be disproportionately uninsured.
To address this issue, and to serve as a source of reliable and accurate information on minority health issues, Families USA launched a new program area in 2004, Minority Health Initiatives. The program was renamed Health Equity in early 2011. The department has three core objectives:
- To stay abreast of, and raise awareness about, minority health policy issues and racial and ethnic health disparities.
- To build and maintain the capacity of community leaders to become engaged in and address the health policies that affect their communities, and to train leaders to be a resource on minority health.
- To analyze the impact of health policies and proposals on racial and ethnic minorities’ access to quality, affordable health care.
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