Unraveling Health Disparities: CDC Study Shines Light on Racial and Ethnic Needs

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

A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shed light on the negative health impacts experienced by racial and ethnic groups 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, who leads the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, explained that the study surveyed adults nationwide and focused on five specific needs, such as social connections and food security. She 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.

In addition to the national findings, a survey of 42 states, including Arizona, will provide more detailed data at the individual level. Dr. Hacker mentioned that collaboration between communities and lawmakers is essential 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 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

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