Minority Health and Health Equity
Minority Health Disparities
The Pennsylvania Department of Health aims to eliminate health disparities for people of all races and ethnicities. There are 7 Minority Health Disparities Reports produced that identify public health problems where there are significant differences between Whites and other races or ethnicities, including: Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians/Pacific Islanders. These reports are just one example of how we continue to measure and monitor this problem.
The Cancer Facts and Figures for African Americans, Pennsylvania is a brochure focusing on Pennsylvania's cancer data for African Americans with trends over time for cancer cases and deaths. Behavioral risks and stages of diseases are also discussed.
The Department's Office of Health Equity is committed to improving the health status of disparate populations. Racial differences are not the only disparities that are addressed. We are also focused on physical disabilities, language barriers, age-related disparities, rural disparities, and sexual orientation.
The State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) includes a chapter on eliminating health disparities (Chapter 6), which contains health status indicators measuring differences in rates for various public health problems.
Under our SHIP Archives you'll find reports on the health status of minorities and a plan on how to improve rural health status.