Mayor Cranley Commemorates Minority Health Month

April 15, 2014

Mayor Cranley Commemorates Minority Health Month

Center for Closing the Health Gap, hospitals try to reduce disparities

Mayor John Cranley reminds Cincinnatians that April is National Minority Health Month. During this time, we focus on raising awareness about health disparities that persist among racial and ethnic minorities.

Statistics show minorities are much more likely than non-Hispanic whites to suffer from chronic conditions, many of which are preventable.

Racial and ethnic disparities are caused by various factors including social and environmental conditions, access to care and structural aspects of the health care system.

"Every citizen deserves to be healthy and live a long life," Cranley said. "But in our city, there are vulnerable populations who get sicker and die faster than everyone else. It's unacceptable and preventable."

Poor health resulting from racial and ethnic health disparities cost the U.S. health system about $29.3 billion in 2009 alone; these costs are projected to account for an estimated $337 billion during the next decade.

The City of Cincinnati is partnering with the Center for Closing the Health Gap and area hospitals to offer several education, training and outreach programs to end disparities.

They include the Do Right Block-by-Block Model in Mount Auburn, which is a resident-led block-by-block lifestyle modification intervention initiative that focuses on physical activity and dietary improvement; and an effort to end “food deserts” and make healthy food like fresh produce more accessible in low-income neighborhoods.

For more information on the programs, call the Center at 513-585-9872.