A significant disparity in health-related wellness and access to wellness services exists among minorities. According to the Center for American Progress and the National Center for Health Statistics, health crises are higher among minority and lower-income groups compared to non-Hispanic whites and middle to upper-class citizens. These crises include:
- Rate of infant mortality
- Chronic illness
- Heart disease
The rate of health care coverage is lowest in minority groups and lower economic classes. The key to bridging the gap for wellness is to bridge the gap for access. The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion is taking initiatives to raise awareness for health equity and develop strategies for attaining it.
Health equity means everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. At Schabel Solutions, we recognize that such issues don’t have simple answer, but there are some things we can do as a culture to make healthcare accessible to everyone. It requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty and discrimination, as well as their consequences, including:
- Lack of access to good jobs with fair pay
- Quality education and housing
- Safe environments
- Health care
We can, as a nation, fix this lack of equity through changes to current policy and laws. We can advocate for programs that target minority groups and low-income areas. We can elect service councils to better address neighborhood needs.
The Center for Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has established a four-step process that identifies health disparities and who those disparities are most likely to affect. They look to identify social inequities linked to these health disparities. Once they recognize the inequities, they aim for legislative changes to rectify those inequities, and evaluate the effect of those changes.
To be successful, the Center for Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has encouraged directing attention toward minority groups and low-income neighborhoods. This is where most health inequity exists. To combat it, we must take measures specifically with these groups in mind.
There have been policies that, due to their lack of focus, inadvertently widened the inequality gap. To prevent this, there must be intentional measures taken to improve specific groups’ access to wellness services and programs.
At Schabel Solutions, our two cents may seem obvious, but solving the problem of health equity – or rather health inequity – means coming together. Communities must join forces and address educational and social disparities. This an effort worth addressing for the sake of a healthy society. Schabel Solutions is a consulting firm that works with HR and management. We see the issues that face some communities and care about finding fair resolutions.