NIH Designates People with Disabilities as a Population with Health Disparities

Last month, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), designated people with disabilities as a population with health disparities.

What is a Population with a Health Disparity?

According to the NIMHD, designated populations experience significant disparities in their rates of illness, morbidity, mortality and survival, driven by social disadvantage, compared to the health status of the general population.

People with disabilities often experience a wide and varying range of health conditions leading to poorer health and shorter lifespan. In addition, discrimination, inequality and exclusionary structural practices, programs and policies inhibit access to timely and comprehensive health care, which further results in poorer health outcomes.

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Moving Forward

A health disparity designation helps to encourage research specific to the health issues and unmet health needs of these populations. At LBSA, we believe this is an important next step in advancing health equity for people with disabilities.

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If you or a loved one needs support in navigating the health care system or advocating for health needs, check out LBSA’s Family Navigation Services or Behavioral Support Services (coming early 2024), where our dedicated experts can help you find the resources you need.