Bridging the Health Divide: How Social and Economic Needs Impact Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the United States

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 how racial and ethnic groups often experience negative health impacts due to unmet social and economic needs. The CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, led by Dr. Karen Hacker, surveyed adults nationwide and focused on five specific needs, such as social connections and food security.

The study revealed that individuals in low-income communities and various racial groups face external challenges that negatively impact their health. 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. Dr. Hacker emphasized the importance of recognizing the external challenges faced by individuals, particularly those in low-income communities and various racial groups.

ASU professor Zach Cordell stressed the need for inclusivity in discussions about healthcare. He emphasized the importance of incorporating diverse perspectives to better understand and serve their communities. Cordell encouraged a holistic approach to care, encouraging healthcare providers to question their practices and consider new ideas that can help dismantle barriers to better health outcomes for all individuals.

Furthermore, a survey of 42 states, including Arizona, will provide more detailed data at the individual level. This information will enable policymakers to develop policy solutions that are tailored specifically to the needs of each community.

Overall, understanding the connection between social and economic needs and health disparities can lead to improved care for all individuals. By addressing these issues through policy solutions, we can create a more inclusive healthcare system that prioritizes the well-being of all individuals.

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