Breaking Down Health Disparities: CDC Study Reveals the Link Between Social and Economic Needs and Negative Health Impacts

Racial and Ethnic Groups More Affected by Unmet Health Needs, CDC Finds

A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that racial and ethnic groups often experience negative health impacts due to unmet social and economic needs. Health officials believe that understanding the connection between these needs and health could lead to policy solutions and improved care.

Dr. Karen Hacker, who leads the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, explained that the study surveyed adults nationwide and focused on five specific needs, such as social connections and food security. She emphasized the importance of recognizing the external challenges faced by individuals, particularly those in low-income communities and various racial groups. Health disparities across the country show that minority populations are disproportionately affected by chronic diseases.

ASU professor Zach Cordell highlighted the importance of incorporating diverse perspectives in discussions about healthcare. He stressed the need for inclusivity and ensuring that everyone feels valued and heard. This approach can help professionals better understand and serve their communities.

In addition to the national findings, a survey of 42 states, including Arizona, will provide more detailed data at the individual level. Dr. Hacker mentioned that collaboration between communities and lawmakers is essential to address these issues effectively and create a supportive environment for health.

Cordell emphasized a holistic approach to care, encouraging healthcare providers to question their practices and consider new ideas. By dismantling barriers to better health outcomes, healthcare professionals can take actionable steps to address the challenges identified in the study. The goal is to create a more inclusive and community-focused healthcare system that prioritizes the well-being of all individuals.

The study reveals that racial and ethnic groups face negative health impacts due to unmet social and economic needs such as social connections, food security, housing stability, education accessibility, job opportunities or financial stability.

Dr Karen Hacker stated that this study surveyed adults nationwide focusing on five specific needs such as social connections or food security.

Health officials believe understanding this connection could lead to policy solutions or improved care.

Zach Cordell from ASU emphasized incorporating diverse perspectives in discussions about healthcare for inclusivity.

Dr Hacker added collaboration between communities

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