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For Immediate Release
April 28, 2008
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - In honor of National Minority Health Month, the Children's Defense Fund today released facts on health inequalities among minority populations, including data regarding disparities in infant mortality, babies born at low birthweight, asthma and obesity. To reduce health disparities, CDF calls on Congress to pass the All Healthy Children Act (S. 1564/H.R. 1688), sponsored by Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), which would ensure that all children have access to comprehensive health coverage.
"National Minority Health Month is a time for us to strengthen our collective efforts to ensure all children a healthy start in life," said CDF President Marian Wright Edelman. "These longstanding disparities in children’s health have far-reaching impacts for children's development and ability to learn and grow. One in 4 Latino children is uninsured, compared to 1 in 8 children overall, disproportionately affecting their chances of growing up healthy. Black infants are more than twice as likely to be born at low birthweight as White babies, and children born at low birthweight are about 50 percent more likely to score below average on measures of both reading and math at age 17. By acting on behalf of all children to make health coverage a right, not a privilege, America benefits."
Among the key statistics released are:
National Minority Health Month began in 2001 in response to Healthy People 2010, a national health promotion and disease prevention initiative launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Surgeon General. This month, CDF encourages everyone to take action by participating in community service and education opportunities in your state, which can be found at: http://www.omhrc.gov/templates/browse.aspx?lvl=3&lvlID=536
To see CDF's data on health disparities, visit www.childrensdefense.org/healthy_child_disparities.