Increased diversity demands diversifying traditional health care approaches | University of Minnesota

The long-standing racial and ethnic disparities in health and wellbeing have only gotten worse since the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report from The Commonwealth Fund that provides a state-by-state analysis of racial and ethnic equity in U.S. health care.

Findings from the report showed that Black women are more likely than white women to be diagnosed with breast cancer at later stages, Latinx/Hispanic people typically face the highest barriers to receiving health care, and white people are less likely than other population groups to face cost-related barriers.

Recent census figures clearly show the United States is more diverse than it’s ever been. Understanding how to provide health care and human services for this ever-diversifying population is increasingly imperative to our nation’s health and success.

Health Services Management Faculty Director Frances Fernandez is available to comment on the growing urgency for health care systems and their leadership to reflect these changes in the populations they serve, to provide services in ways that promote respect for cultural and language differences-approaches proven to increase treatment adherence and positive outcomes-and how these approaches can be integrated into health system operations today.

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