Each April, National Minority Health Month provides an opportunity to reflect on the progress made to improve the health and well-being of people of color and remind ourselves of the hard work still ahead to reduce health disparities and inequity. This year marks five years since the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act and four years since the monumental Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) were signed into law. We are more certain than ever that we are on the right track and more hopeful than ever that all people can achieve and maintain their optimal health status.
The HITECH Act and ACA are designed to improve healthcare access and quality of care for all people living in the United States, but will benefit women of color in particular. Women of color experience negative reproductive health outcomes at greater rates than their white counterparts, in part because of lack of access to quality health care.
Read more at the Office of Minority Health.