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Five years have passed since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, and I continue to be inspired by the #GetCovered stories from across America. It is amazing to hear about men, women and young adults in this country who have been empowered—many for the first time—to take the reins and become more active partners in their health care and the health care of their families.
Five years ago, the Affordable Care Act created a remarkable opportunity in the movement to reduce health disparities and achieve health equity. In
addition to expanding access to quality, affordable coverage for millions of uninsured Americans, it provided the foundation for the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
(HHS Disparities Action Plan)
—the most comprehensive federal commitment to addressing health disparities.
Tucked away in central Wyoming you will find the Wind River Indian Reservation—home to the Eastern Shoshone and the Northern Arapaho tribes, and home to a spirit of perseverance and self-determination that permeates America. While we celebrate the rich traditions of our nation’s indigenous people during National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, we cannot forget the fateful history that is imprinted on Indian Country. With this history in mind, we can work to create a brighter and healthier future for American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Discrimination exacerbates health and health care disparities for communities of color. Inequity results in lack of access to quality, affordable care and
can lead to prolonged and unnecessary illness. This is especially true for people with a mental illness or substance use disorder. During July, National
Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, we shine a light on the discrimination that minorities often experience when living with a mental health condition,
and learn how we can prevent it.
As a first-generation Caribbean American, I often draw inspiration from my greatest role models — my parents.
The essence of diversity is brilliantly reflected across the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community.
As the daughter and granddaughter of immigrants from Haiti, I have a deep respect for the rich traditions of the generations that preceded me. My family’s elder women – especially my late maternal grandmother and my mother – have been great matriarchs and their lessons are too important to forget.
At a commemorative event two years ago, I heard a historian say that history is not a steady stream of events, but rather a series of punctuation points, like ripples from stones tossed into water.
During my pediatrics training in Pittsburgh, PA, I provided care to the young people—many of them boys and young men of color—at the juvenile detention center.