by Wayne W. Bradley, Dr. President/CEO
April was National Minority Health Month, deemed so by the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health. Its purpose is to raise awareness of the health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities. BUT IT, LIKE BLACKHISTORY MONTH, SHOULD BE AN ALL-YEAR EFFORT!
Racial and ethnic minorities continue to be plagued by health and medical conditions resulting from a number of social, economic and lifestyle factors. Diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity are a few of the many health challenges that have unfortunately become synonymous with being black or brown in America.
From limited information, resources and access to quality healthcare coupled with a generational and historic distrust of the medical profession and failure to regularly see a physician, the prognosis is abysmal, but can be improved.
With the Affordable Care Act still intact, every American should have or have access to insurance. This removes a major barrior to care. They next move is for everyone to take advantage of that coverage in a proactive and preventative capacity.
Federally Qualified Health Centers like Detroit Community Health Connection is a prime source of quality health care and support needed by those in metro-Detroit, regardless of their social, medical or economic circumstances.
The first step is to schedule an appointment with a physician to assess your current health state, as well as devise a realistic plan to either get you to better health and/or keep you there.
Additionally, our social media and web sites are sources of helpful information, as is our dedicated staff. This is all information designed to help create and sustains a healthier lifestyle for you and your family.
Let’s take the first step together. Give us a call and find the closest DCHC healthier center nearest you; schedule an appointment, and be on your way to a better and healthier way of life! April has passed, but the opportunity to take better care of yourself remains.
This is provided as informational only, and is not intended to replace professional medical advice. Please visit your medical practitioner for all matters related to health, wellness and relative practices. For more information, visit www.dchcquality.org or call (313) 821-2591 for the DCHC Health Center near you!