Addressing Health Disparities: How Racial and Ethnic Groups Suffer from Unmet Social and Economic Needs

Racial and Ethnic Groups More Affected by Unmet Health Needs, CDC Finds

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a study revealing that racial and ethnic groups experience negative health impacts due to unmet social and economic needs. Dr. Karen Hacker, head of the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, discussed the findings of the national survey that focused on five specific needs, including social connections and food security. Hacker emphasized the importance of recognizing the external challenges faced by individuals, particularly those in low-income communities and various racial groups.

Health disparities across the country show that minority populations are disproportionately affected by chronic diseases. To address these issues effectively, collaboration between communities and lawmakers is essential. A survey of 42 states, including Arizona, will provide more detailed data at the individual level.

ASU professor Zach Cordell highlighted the importance of incorporating diverse perspectives in discussions about healthcare. Cordell stressed the need for inclusivity and ensuring that everyone feels valued and heard. This approach can help professionals better understand and serve their communities.

Cordell emphasized a holistic approach to care, encouraging healthcare providers to question their practices and consider new ideas. By dismantling barriers to better health outcomes, healthcare professionals can take actionable steps to address the challenges identified in the study. The goal is to create a more inclusive and community-focused healthcare system that prioritizes the well-being of all individuals.

The study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that racial and ethnic groups often experience negative health impacts due to unmet social and economic needs. Health officials believe that understanding the connection between these needs and health could lead to policy solutions and improved care.

Dr. Karen Hacker explained that the national survey surveyed adults nationwide and focused on five specific needs, such as social connections and food security.

Hacker emphasized the importance of recognizing external challenges faced by individuals, particularly those in low-income communities or various racial groups.

Health disparities across America show minority populations are disproportionately affected by chronic diseases.

To address these issues effectively, collaboration between communities, lawmakers is essential.

A survey of 42 states will provide detailed data at an individual level.

ASU professor Zach Cordell highlighted incorporating diverse perspectives in discussions about healthcare.

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