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:
- For most cancers, African Americans have the highest death rate and shortest survival of any group in the United States.1
- Hispanic women are twice as likely as white women to have cervical cancer.2
- African Americans are much more likely to die from heart disease and stroke than people in other racial/ethnic groups.3
- Compared to whites, African Americans are 2 times as likely to have diabetes and Hispanics are 1.7 times as likely to have diabetes.4
- Infant mortality rates are higher among African Americans and American Indians/Alaska Natives than among other racial/ethnic groups.5
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:
- Advancing new models or expanding promising practices for chronic disease prevention and management
- Promoting community-centered health systems that integrate data from public health, health care, social services and other sources to improve chronic diseases outcomes
- Elevating promising practices that build racial and ethnic diversity in health leadership
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.
Bridging the gap
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.
Scholars shape the future
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.