A program organized by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) seeks to erase the health disparities between African-Americans and the rest of the country.
The CDC reports that the death rates for Black Americans surpass those of Americans overall for heart disease, cancer, diabetes, HIV and homicide.
As part of last year’s health care law, the Department of Health and Human Services put forth a plan in April to better understand and find solutions to health disparities. One element: expand data collected on hospital admissions to include the race, ethnicity and language of patients.
The CDC is targeting health problems that occur more frequently in African Americans, Hispanics and other minorities through a program called REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) that steers grants to local organizations.