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CDC Releases Health Equity, Antibiotic Resistance Fact Sheet

A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) health equity and antibiotic resistance fact sheet highlights health disparities related to antibiotic-resistant pathogens.

The fact sheet notes disparities caused by antibiotic-resistant threats exist across varying factors, such as age, race, and gender. Antibiotic-resistant infections also are tied to social determinants of health, indicating access to health care, food supply, and community environment play a role in disparate outcomes.

The fact sheet highlights CDC goals, including:

  • systematically expanding the collection of disparities and equity data;
  • continuing to characterize health inequities related to key bacterial pathogens across incidence, infection outcome, and antibiotic resistance at a geospatial level, linking inequities to social determinants indicators;
  • supporting infection control and patient safety efforts;
  • addressing educational needs that impact diverse health care workers’ ability to protect themselves and their patients from infections; and
  • focusing on strategies to address disparities in quality of care in long-term care.

To stay up to date on how CDC combats antibiotic resistance, follow @CDC_AR on Twitter.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions.


About the Author

Abigail Painchaud is a policy associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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