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Access to Health

Module topics:

  • Access to health
  • Ways we can improve access to health
  • Ways you can improve access to health

So far we have seen that, even though Colorado ranks among the healthiest states, there are health disparities between Colorado’s racial and ethnic groups. In the last module we looked at the social issues and barriers that help explain those differences in health.

At 9Health Fair, we believe that all people should have access to a healthy lifestyle. We also believe that all people should get the health care, screening, and information they need to stay healthy without barriers like lack of insurance or unpredictable costs. In this module, we will describe what we can do to reduce health disparities and improve “access to health.”

two charts comparing males and females and the number of deaths that could be avoided by eliminating health disparities

What if health disparities could be eliminated?

If all segments of the population could have the same disease rates as the healthiest group, thousands of deaths could be avoided. The chart to the right shows that if educational and racial disparities in the U.S. were removed, 43% of male and 30% of female cancer deaths could have been eliminated.

How does Colorado compare to the U.S.?
What are the numbers for minority groups?

Source: Cancer Prevention & Early Detection Facts & Figures 2011 (American Cancer Society)


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