From the beginning of life, racial and ethnic minorities and underserved communities experience health disparities in health status and outcomes. In the United States, the infant mortality rate for African Americans and American Indians is more than twice that of the national average. The situation doesn’t improve as children grow up. Men and women of color die on average five years earlier than their white counterparts and disparities among Hispanic Americans are rising.¹
Factors that Contribute to Health Disparities
Many factors contribute to disparities, including socioeconomic status, access to quality health care, racial biases, health literacy, environment, and lifestyle. Health disparities decrease quality of life, contribute to poverty, and impact the overall health and well-being of the nation. Many health disparities can be prevented by reducing risk factors for death and disability, increasing health literacy, and ensuring that all people have the ability and opportunity to choose a life of wellness.
Through our partnerships and programs, Canyon Ranch Institute aims to eliminate health disparities by ensuring that all people have the ability and opportunity to embrace a life of wellness.
¹National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2006 (AHRQ Publication No. 07-0012). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.