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

Unmasking Health Disparities: The Role of Social and Economic Needs in Minority Populations

A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shed light on the negative health impacts that racial and ethnic groups often experience due to unmet social and economic needs. Dr. Karen Hacker, who leads the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, emphasized the importance of understanding the connection between these needs and health in order to develop policy solutions and improve care.

The study surveyed adults nationwide and focused on five specific needs, such as social connections and food security. Health disparities across the country show that minority populations are disproportionately affected by chronic diseases. To provide more detailed data at the individual level, a survey of 42 states, including Arizona, is underway. Dr. Hacker stressed the need for collaboration between communities and lawmakers to address these issues effectively and create a supportive environment for health.

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

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