Delaware’s health care disparity for minorities needs to be fixed

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Delaware’s health care disparity for minorities needs to be fixed

A majority of Americans agree that The coronavirus pandemic has brought to light long-standing inequalities in health care that disproportionately harm communities of color. I am one of them. According to CDCracial and ethnic minority groups across the United States experience higher rates of illness and death from diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and even childbearing.

My home state of Delaware was no exception to this health care disparity. Although ranked sixth best state for health care quality by US News and World Report in 2019, Delaware has struggled to provide similar health care to minority residents as it does to white residents. For example, African American and Hispanic men were more likely to be diagnosed later and die earlier from a chronic disease compared to their white counterparts. Not only that, but in all three counties of Delaware, African American babies have a infant mortality rate significantly higher than white babies.

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