Social determinants influence an individual’s health. Health disparities based on these factors are a pervasive problem in the United States, resulting in higher mortality rates, chronic conditions, and infectious diseases.
The rising cost of healthcare in the U.S. translates into higher patient insurance costs and lack of quality health access for marginalized communities.
Despite historic gains by the Obama Administration through the Affordable Care Act to help over 20 million people gain insurance coverage, more needs to be done to level the disparities in coverage for diverse communities.
The number of overdoses and deaths due to the opioid epidemic and counterfeit medicines are growing. Access to education and addiction care services are crucial.
Increasing the diversity of America’s healthcare workforce is essential to gaining diverse communities’ trust and ensuring all segments of our society receive high-quality, culturally competent care.
Clinical trials are critical to developing safe and effective treatments and therapies. Equally important are trial participants who are selected based on scientifically justified criteria.
We encourage the research and development of medical treatments to improve health outcomes and combat diseases that disproportionately affect diverse communities.
When it comes to healthcare, one size does not fit all. It is critical that lawmakers and industry stakeholders provide meaningful tools and personalized services to meet the needs of diverse populations.
A message from Dr. Charles Steele, Jr., President & CEO of the International Southern Christian Leadership Conference.