April is National Minority Health & Health Disparities Month sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health Resource Center www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov.
There are documented health disparities in the U.S. For instance, according to the U.S. Office on Minority Health (above)
“In 2012, 50.4 percent of African-Americans in comparison to 74.4 percent of non-Hispanic Whites used private health insurance. Also in 2012, 40.6 percent of African-Americans in comparison to 29.3 percent of non-Hispanic Whites relied on Medicaid, public health insurance. Finally, 17.2 percent of African-Americans in comparison to 10.4 percent of non-Hispanic whites were uninsured.”
“In 2012, 47.5 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives had private health insurance coverage. 38.1 percent of AI/ANs relied on Medicaid coverage, and 22.6 percent of AI/ANs had no health insurance coverage.”
“It is significant to note that Hispanics have the highest uninsured rates of any racial or ethnic group within the United States. In 2012 the Census Bureau reported that private insurance coverage among Hispanic subgroups varied as follows: 38.8 percent of Mexicans, 49.6 percent of Puerto Ricans, 48.4 percent of Cubans, 35.9 percent of Central Americans. Public health coverage varied among Hispanic subgroups: 33.2 percent of Mexicans, 42.7 percent of Puerto Ricans, 32.7 of Cubans, and 27.8 percent of Central Americans. Those without health insurance coverage varied among Hispanic subgroups: 31.6 percent of Mexicans, 14.1 percent of Puerto Ricans, 23.8 percent of Cubans and 38.8 percent of Central Americans. In 2012, 29 percent of the Hispanic population was not covered by health insurance, as compared to 10.4 percent of the non-Hispanic White population.”
The good news is that the U.S. government and many organizations recognize this disparity and are working to create resources to ensure that all people have access to good and affordable healthcare.
To find more information including statistics, research, and local and community resources, individuals can call the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health at:
1-800-444-6472 (English and Spanish)
Depending on the difficulty of the request, searches may take up to five business days to complete. An Information Specialist will work with you to make sure you receive the most accurate resources for your program.