Insights on Health Disparities from CHEER Empowering Communities Conference

I want to inform, develop, engage, attract and retain resources that are needed for sound public health. …The growth of the community depends on the health of the community and CHEER can do a lot to help bring that about.

Health inequities exist from the cradle to the grave, especially in chronic conditions such as asthma, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

The root causes of these inequities are: socioeconomic position, residential segregation and environmental living conditions, occupational risks and exposures, health risk and health-seeking behaviors, differences in access to health care, and differences in health care quality.

Living in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty poses a threat to health due to isolation from the mainstream resources needed for success.

Zipcode is more important than genetic code.

We underestimate depression in the black community, because blacks express (describe) depression differently.

[Lower] economic and social position of persons in society (education, income and occupation) is associated with increased diabetes, hypertension, and obesity.

Expressing anger outwardly, depression, and stress are associated with higher rates of cardiovascular disease for blacks.

Our current health care system is unsustainable. There’s something enormously inefficient about the way we finance and deliver health care.

The health care Americans want has guaranteed access, free choice of doctor, high quality, affordability, and trust and respect.

Injustice in health comes with a hefty price tag. The United States experienced $1.24 trillion in total costs from 2003-2006 due to health disparities.

This economic burden of heath disparities is experienced by individuals, families, churches, communities, and the Nation.

We need to enhance economic opportunities such as health insurance coverage, proximity to health care providers, access to recreational facilities, access to food and quality housing, and education.

We need to protect political rights to sanitation, air quality, crime, transportation, quality housing, education, and community level economic development.

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