African Americans comprise 13 percent of the U.S. population. As a group, their health status continues to lag behind that of whites, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. For example, the report goes on to say that the African American infant mortality rate is more than double that of whiles and African Americans die from diabetes at more than three times the rate of whites.
Although many factors account for health status differences, access to health insurance coverage and appropriate health services could reduce many of these disparities.
As part of its mission to improve the health of the community, Hennepin County Medical Center has developed different options to improve a person’s access to health care. These options are designed to be convenient and affordable and to help the community get the best possible medical care for their families.