April is National Minority Health Month
Since 2002, April has been officially recognized as National Minority Health Awareness Month by the National Institute of Health, focusing on raising awareness around the healthcare inequities that commonly affect Black and Hispanic/Latinx communities. We can eliminate these disparities through health education, early detection, and control of disease complications by working together. Because when we partner for health equity, we can build stronger, safer, and healthier communities for everyone.
Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 causes of death in the United States1
Minorities are almost half as likely to get preventive treatment for heart disease than Caucasians2
Women represent about 51% of the U.S. population yet only make up ~20% of enrolled patients in clinical trials3
We Cannot Treat What We Cannot See
How Can Close The Gap Support You?
Dedicated health equity consultants from Boston Scientific can help you build an outreach program specifically
designed to reach those most at-risk within your community.
1 CDC, NCHS. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2013 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released 2015. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2013, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed Feb. 3, 2015.
2 Bonow, R., Grant, A., Jacobs, A. The Cardiovascular State of the Union: Confronting Healthcare Disparities. Circulation. 2005: 111; 1205-1207.
3 Mehta, LS., et al. (2016). Acute Myocardial Infarction in Women: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Circulation 133(9): 916-947.