Inequities persist in the health and health care of various racial and ethnic minorities
in America. This is demonstrated by the following data from the Center for Disease
Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Office of Minority Health:
Additionally, according to the Institute of Medicine's report, Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Healthcare, African Americans and Hispanics tend to receive lower quality of health care across a range of disease areas (cancer, cardiovascular disease, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, mental health, and other chronic and infectious diseases) and clinical services. For example, African Americans with heart disease are less likely to receive angioplasty or bypass surgery as cited by the AHRQ.
We focus our philanthropic giving on understanding connections between where people live and receive health care, and the quality and equity of the care they receive. We know these issues are important, but we want to understand why and how to effect change.
The Aetna Foundation also is interested in how to improve health and health care among the nation’s Medicaid population, particularly in settings with large numbers of minority patients. We also want to drive improvement in one of the longest-standing disparities in health care -- infant mortality.
Examples of grants we would support include projects and/or studies to:
Our mission is to promote wellness, health, and access to high-quality health care for everyone, while supporting the communities
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