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Discrimination exacerbates health and health care disparities for communities of color. Inequity results in lack of access to quality, affordable care and
can lead to prolonged and unnecessary illness. This is especially true for people with a mental illness or substance use disorder. During July, National
Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, we shine a light on the discrimination that minorities often experience when living with a mental health condition,
and learn how we can prevent it.
As a first-generation Caribbean American, I often draw inspiration from my greatest role models — my parents.
The essence of diversity is brilliantly reflected across the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community.
As the daughter and granddaughter of immigrants from Haiti, I have a deep respect for the rich traditions of the generations that preceded me. My family’s elder women – especially my late maternal grandmother and my mother – have been great matriarchs and their lessons are too important to forget.
At a commemorative event two years ago, I heard a historian say that history is not a steady stream of events, but rather a series of punctuation points, like ripples from stones tossed into water.
During my pediatrics training in Pittsburgh, PA, I provided care to the young people—many of them boys and young men of color—at the juvenile detention center.
As we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we can also commemorate a significant milestone on our journey toward health equity.
Violence is one of the most urgent public health problems we face in America. Its tragic consequences run deep and have an especially profound impact on
minority youth and young minority men.
Across the country, communities of color are mobilizing for a stronger, healthier future, and advancing health equity for all by tackling one of the most
significant drivers of disparities in health – access to insurance coverage. At the center of that movement are the many organizations and advocates
working tirelessly to connect minority individuals and their families with opportunities to attain affordable health coverage made possible by the
Affordable Care Act.