Healthcare disparities are inequalities that exist when members of certain populations do not benefit from the same health status as other groups. These disparities could be related to race, ethnicity, socioeconomics, gender, age, sexual orientation, and more. Unfortunately, the statistics on African American healthcare disparities are particularly dismal for several major diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. Disparities impact not only the personal lives of patients, but also their families, communities, and our nation. Many of the diseases are preventable. Generational suffering and repercussions, economic burdens, and major losses of productivity negatively influence all of us on some level.
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