Trust for America's Health Initiatives

Health Disparities

Health Disparities

Every American should have the opportunity to be as healthy as he or she can be. But now, health varies dramatically from state to state and community to community. Access to good medical care is obviously one important factor that impacts how healthy a person is, but a number of other factors play a role in health beyond medical care. In fact, many researchers have found that where you live, your income level, socio-economic group, and behavior often impact your health more than either genetics or access to medical care.

Health disparities are a significant threat to our nation's health. Low-income and minority communities systematically have less access to health care, higher exposure to health threats, and worse health outcomes.

TFAH addresses health disparities and factors that are beyond individual control, often called "social determinants," as a central part of our work. TFAH advocates for strategies to improve the health of all Americans, regardless of race, ethnicity, income or where they live.

Policy and Advocacy

For TFAH position statements and letters, congressional hearings, briefings and testimony, and additional policy and advocacy materials, click here.


Press Releases

February 4, 2015
Measles Vaccination Rates for Preschoolers Below 90 Percent in 17 States

February 3, 2015
Trust for America’s Health’s Statement on the Public Health Aspects of the President’s Proposed Budget

December 18, 2014
“Outbreaks” Report Finds Gaps in Nation’s Ability to Respond to Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases; 25 States Reach Half or Fewer of Key Indicators

December 15, 2014
Trust for America’s Health Applauds the Confirmation of Dr. Vivek Murthy as the Next Surgeon General of the United States

November 26, 2014
TFAH Applauds the EPA and Obama Administration for Moving Forward in Addressing the Serious Health Consequences of Ground-level Ozone

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Resources

Selected items from TFAH's Resource Library:

Addiction Center: Health Effects of Youth Substance Abuse Addiction Center was founded by recovering addicts and health professionals to provide the most up-to-date information on various addictions and reviews of top treatment centers across the country.

Baby Boomers and Obesity Facts from F as in Fat 2008 Report

Half of Americans Could Be Obese By 2030… Or We Could Invest In The Prevention Fund Half of Americans could be obese By 2030...or we could invest in the Prevention Fund. An analysis conducted by the National Heart Forum, based on a peer-reviewed model published last year in The Lancet, estimates that that 50 percent of Americans are on track to be obese in the next 20 years.1 Obesity could even top 60 percent in 13 states. Right now, 36 percent of Americans are obese.

Improving the Health of Low-Income and Minority Communities Low-Income and Minority Communities Systematically Have Less Access to Health Care, Higher Exposure to Health Threats, and Worse Health Outcomes.

The High Price of Food Facts from F as in Fat 2008 Report

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