Thursday, February 11, 2016
Contact: CDC Media Relations
CDC Highlights Programs that Reduce U.S. Health Disparities
Programs address wide range of disparities across different health conditions
A supplement to the CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report, published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, highlights programs that reduce disparities by race/ethnicity, geography, disability, and/or sexual orientation across a range of different health conditions.
“Reducing and eliminating health disparities is fundamental to building a healthier nation,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “With science-based and effective interventions, we can close health disparity gaps in America."
The supplement demonstrates that we can make progress in overcoming public health disparities through meaningful community and local health authority involvement.
“Programs designed to build health equity are a smart investment for improving health outcomes. Public health professionals can enhance the impact of strategies for reducing health disparities, disseminate and tailor these strategies to reach more communities, and determine how to expand these strategies for even greater impact by rigorously applying lessons learned from these efforts,” said CDC’s Associate Director for Minority Health and Health Equity Leandris Liburd, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.A.
For more information about health disparities visit the CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity site.