How To Reduce Health Disparities

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Wouldn’t it be nice to see health disparities or racism eliminated from populations? Wouldn’t that be something to behold? In 1999, the CDC initiated the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program to reduce the health disparities that exist between racial and ethnic cohorts.1 From 2009 to 2012, REACH programs have shown improvement from past funded programs;1 yet, only a few governmental and nongovernmental agencies are taking advantage of it. In 2006, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provided funding for interventions to reduce racial and ethnic disparities and improving health care services in minority communities, because evidence-based research data show patients of specific racial and ethnic cohorts often receive…show more content…
Infant mortality is a key indicator of health of both the mother and infant.3 This article went on to state that Infants born to non-Hispanic black mothers are twice as likely to die before their first birthday than those born to non-Hispanic white mothers. Similarly, infants born to black mothers are three times more likely to die of preterm related issues.3
Clayton County, Georgia is located south of Atlanta, and it is surrounded by four counties that ranked between 1-40 in health outcomes and health factors.4 It is a relatively small county with approximately 144 square miles and a population of n=267,542;4 yet, Clayton County continues to grapple with a myriad of health disparities in spite of several aggressive interventions. Among the leading causes of health disparities in Clayton County, maternal and child health disparities continue to be an issue, especially among black non-Hispanic
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This initiative is a community-based public health effort, which relies on schools, churches, local organizations, and businesses of it to be successful in improving birth outcomes.(MOMS) This includes methods for better community services, social services, addressing race related issues, and improving the available medical services. CCBOH currently has awareness programs, training and education programs, community outreach strategies, and other system of support for the citizens of Clayton

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