According to the CDC, health disparities are preventable differences in the burden of disease, injury, violence, or opportunities to achieve optimal health that are experienced by socially disadvantaged populations. According to the 2010 census, 36% of the population belongs to a racial or minority group. Hence, the increasingly diverse population means that minority health strongly influences the health of this nation. And while some health indicators have improved for most Americans, substantial numbers of individuals in minority groups experience a disproportionate burden of preventable disease, death, and disability compared with non-minorities.
Amid current events, it is important to pull from reliable resources and understand the severity of racial inequality in the United States. In a recent article statistics show that black Americans experience inequality on multiple levels, including home ownership, education, and overall wealth. COVID-19 has disproportionately affected black men and women in terms of unemployment and death. The latest overall COVID-19 mortality rate for Black Americans is 2.4 times higher than the rate for Whites and 2.2 times higher than the rate for Asians and Latinos. Public health experts continue to work on strategies for reducing health disparities with the goal of advancing health equity.