Racial and Ethnic Groups More Affected by Unmet Health Needs, CDC Finds
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Tackling Health Disparities: How Social and Economic Needs Affect Minority Populations and the Need for a Holistic Approach to Healthcare.

A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed that racial and ethnic groups often experience negative health impacts due to unmet social and economic needs. Dr. Karen Hacker, who leads the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, emphasized the importance of recognizing the external challenges faced by individuals, particularly those in low-income communities and various racial groups.

The study surveyed adults nationwide and focused on five specific needs, such as social connections and food security. Health disparities across the country show that minority populations are disproportionately affected by chronic diseases. To provide more detailed data at the individual level, a survey of 42 states, including Arizona, is currently underway.

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. 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.

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