America’s Essential Hospitals supports the efforts of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the thousands of individuals on the frontlines across the county to create a nation free of disparities in health and health care.

We believe it is critically important to reduce the disproportionately high burden of illness, injury, and premature deaths that affects underserved populations and to create better health outcomes for all people.

That’s why we continue to promote this dialogue at the national level – during April’s Minority Health Month and all year long – to help essential hospitals and the communities they serve achieve health equity.

Data shows that where people lives learn, work, and play affects their health. The disparities in health between different racial and ethnic groups and others impose a significant burden on the United States.

The combined cost of health inequalities and premature deaths were estimated to be $1.24 trillion between 2003 and 2006, according to the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies: Economic Burden of Health Inequalities in the United States.

With the help of other partners, including the federal government, nonprofits, and leaders in essential hospitals in communities across America, we can work together to make sure everyone has equal potential for good health.

The United States will be unable to significantly improve its overall health and productivity without meaningfully addressing health disparities experienced by significant segments of the population.

We know we have a problem. We now have the tools to fix it.

Interested in pushing the dialogue forward? Join us on April 8, at 2pm ET, on Twitter for an hour chat hosted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Finding Answers. We will moderate the discussion on Taking Action for Health Equity using the hashtag #EquityChat.

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