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By: Emanuela P. Leaf
According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care exist in Connecticut and they are well documented. Since 1999, the Department has documented disparities across a range of health and social indicators, including birth outcomes, deaths, hospitalizations, access to health care and risk factors for chronic diseases.
People of color, in general, experience worse access to health care and worse health outcomes.
From 2000 –2010, the state’s Asian population increased by 61.1%; those reporting two or more races by 59.1%; the Hispanic or Latino population by 48.8%; and the Black or African American population by 11.8%. In contrast, the White, non-Hispanic population decreased by 3.8%.
Over the years, Tribuna has continually reported on all aspects of health care, in English, Portuguese and Spanish, proving vital information to the communities that need it the most.
In efforts to give its health care coverage an even clearer focus, Tribuna is pleased to announce a partnership with the Connecticut Health Foundation, through a “Health Column” that will focus on health and health reform issues.
CT Health is the state’s largest independent health philanthropy dedicated to improving lives by changing health systems. Since it was established in July 1999, the foundation has supported innovative grant making, public health policy research, technical assistance and convening to achieve its mission – to improve the health of the people of Connecticut.
“We are committed to partnering with media outlets in Connecticut; particularly ethnic media outlets like Tribuna that reach diverse audiences we believe should have access to important health care information so that they too can make better-informed decisions about their health and well-being,” said Maryland M. Grier, Senior Communications Officer, Connecticut Health Foundation.
Tribuna could not agree more and it is excited to provide its readers with more focused health coverage, which will highlight the health issues that pertain to the communities it serves.