Race plays a major role in health as poverty limits access to quality healthcare. And a majority of the poor in the U.S. are people of color. Bringing equal opportunity into the health and wellness arena must be intentional as this 2006 fact sheet shows. It brings an awareness to the issue, shows the consequences of unintended biased actions and presents tools and strategies for overcoming racial inequities in healthcare. For more information, visit the Race Matters Institute website.
Being poor creates more barriers to healthful resources and more exposure to a wide range of toxic environmental conditions.
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Income is highly related to health care access and insurance coverage. Because black, Latino, and Native American families are more likely to be poor than others, they are less likely to have adequate insurance coverage and access to quality health care.
Most studies show that even when income is similar across groups, racial and ethnic disparities remain. Workers of color, especially Hispanics, are more likely to be relegated to low-wage jobs and labor market sectors that offer minimal if any health benefits.
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