April is National Minority Health Month, and Clinical Research Pathways joins the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH) and organizations nationwide in raising awareness of—and working to address—health disparities that affect racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S.
Despite advances in treatment, many chronic conditions still are more likely to occur among African Americans and Latinos than among whites. What’s more, minority patients with cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other conditions are more likely to die from their disease than white patients.
To reduce these disparities, we must tackle them on multiple fronts.
Clinical Research Pathways, for example, works to increase minority representation in clinical trials so that new medicines are effective at treating all populations. Other organizations focus on improving access to health insurance coverage, primary care, and other vital services. Still others seek to improve socio-economic conditions that can contribute to poor health.
One way to improve health, regardless of race or ethnicity, is to be physically active.
That’s why OMH has chosen “Active & Healthy” as the 2019 theme for National Minority Health Month. Studies show that physical activity can reduce the risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, many cancers, dementia, and depression. All of these conditions tend to be more common or severe among racial and ethnic minority groups.
We can help fight these health disparities by continually calling attention to them—during National Minority Health Month and as long as they exist.
Please join us.
For more information: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health.