The differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, and burden of diseases and other adverse health conditions that exist among specific population groups in the United States.
“Health disparities” is a term that has become commonplace in public health discourse. Yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminds us that health disparities are preventable differences in the burden of disease, and that they are predominately experienced by socially disadvantaged populations. The most frequently noted disparities are found in populations distinguished by race and income. Outcomes are also differentiated along other factors, including gender, geographic location, sexual orientation, age and physical and language abilities.
One of the most significant social consequences of health disparities is that they threaten the human condition—by affecting life expectancy and mortality rates, particularly among socially disadvantaged populations. Economically, the disproportionate burden of diseases among these communities results in greater health care expenditures for the rest of society. While there are many non-profits that provide direct services, there are few that focus on how information is given and even fewer that develop public education programs and campaigns that are sustained over the long run. We believe in direct service. Yet, our focus is on direct education and information.
Healthy behaviors account for 50% of what makes us healthy…
…Yet we spend a disproportionate amount on medical services in comparison to health education.
Source: Bipartisan Policy Center