America’s health care system has the potential to deliver quality care to everyone. Yet, we know that some people are not getting the care they need. Racial and ethnic minorities, for example, can receive health care that is lower in quality than their non-minority counterparts, which leads to troubling statistics like these:
Across our grant-making activities, we are determined to find solutions to such disparities. Working with our national and local nonprofit partners, we’re striving to reach more people, deliver real results and support promising models that can be tailored for success in communities everywhere.
Our grantees and partners are pursuing greater health equity by:
1 American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures for African Americans 2013-2014.
2 Office of Minority Health, Cancer Data/Statistics.
3 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Black or African American Populations.
4 Office of Minority Health, Diabetes Data/Statistics.
5 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Indian & Alaska Native Populations.
The Aetna Foundation understands that some Americans face significant hurdles to achieving good health due to their environment, social factors and access to quality care. That’s why we’re partnering with researchers to understand the root causes of inequities in health. Our goal is to develop plans that can spur change and improve the health of large populations.
We are increasing the diversity of the next generation of health care professionals by expanding opportunities for minority and low-income health care researchers and practitioners. Through financial support, education and networking opportunities, we help these talented medical experts get ready to change the way health care works in underserved communities.