The truth is there are many barriers to health equity, including disparities among racial, socioeconomic, and geographical factors.
The CDC and its partners identify and address factors that contribute to healthcare disparities. Being aware of the inequalities as they pertain to behavioral risk factors, diseases, social determinants, environmental exposure, and healthcare accessibility is key in bridging the gaps of care and treatment.
For example, data collected shows that:
- overall birthrates for teens fell dramatically (18 percent) from 2007 to 2010
- high risk occupations are most often held by male, low income, or Hispanic workers
- binge drinking is more common among male, higher income, and non-Hispanic people
- tuberculosis continues to disproportionally affect racial and ethnic minorities
Without information collected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC, we would neither have this collection of data, nor the insight and resources to lessen the disparities. Check out https://www.cdc.gov/minorityhealth/chdireport.html for more information on social inequities in healthcare.