Health Equity

“Of all the forms of inequality,
injustice in health care is the most
shocking and inhumane.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King
Racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. are more likely to lack health insurance, receive lower-quality care, and suffer from worse health outcomes. While the causes of health disparities are complex, we know the time to take action is now . . .

The Latest

From the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, and the UC Berkeley Labor Center:

Achieving Equity by Building a Bridge from Eligible to Enrolled explains the importance of doing culturally and linguistically appropriate outreach and education to facilitate enrollment in health coverage. Without effective multilingual efforts in California, language barriers may mean that 110,000 fewer people with limited English proficiency enroll in coverage through the state’s exchange. (February 2012)

From the Center for Health Care Strategies, the National Academy for State Health Policy, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation:

Implications of Health Reform for American Indian and Alaska Native Populations outlines provisions of the Affordable Care Act that uniquely affect these populations, including expanded coverage through Medicaid and the exchanges, outreach to tribal groups, and improved organization and financing of care. (February 2012)

From the National Health Law Program:

Top Ways Health Reform Helps provides the top five ways the Affordable Care Act helps the following groups: Medicaid beneficiaries, older adults and people with disabilities, women, and children and young adults. It also explains how the health care law addresses disparities and helps people get coverage. The lists are divided into provisions that are already in effect and those that are coming soon. (March 2012)

Keep Up-to-Date

Health Equity Connection: This monthly newsletter is designed to keep advocates connected to the most pressing issues affecting minority health. Topics include the latest resources in minority health, how major health policy issues (including health reform) affect communities of color, and comments from leaders in the field of racial and ethnic health disparities.

Let Your Voice Be Heard

If you have questions about minority health, or if you have suggestions about topics that you’d like to see addressed on our website, please let us know. For more information about Families USA and our work in health equity, contact Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, Health Equity Director, at 202-628-3030.