U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL), chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, issued the following statement in recognition of National Minority Health Month.
“In April, we observe National Minority Health Month to raise awareness about the persistent and pervasive health disparities impacting communities of color across the nation. From diabetes and kidney disease to breast and prostate cancer to HIV/AIDS, African Americans in particular remain at or near the top of nearly every negative health indicator. As such, it is critically important that we take this opportunity to spotlight these disparities.
Last month marked the 6th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, which has provided health coverage to 20 million previously uninsured Americans, including 8 million African American adults. The ACA was a critical step in achieving health equity, but there is still much ground to cover.
As Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, I’m committed to reducing health disparities by strengthening our public health infrastructure and
developing community-oriented, multidisciplinary approaches to public health. I will work with my colleagues in Congress to further expand access to health care and spur the medical investment necessary to reduce health disparities and make our communities healthier.”