Health care providers, nonprofit groups and government employees gathered in Columbia Tuesday, June 4, to discuss the health disparities among African Americans and Hispanics in Missouri. The forum coincided with the Missouri Foundation for Health's publication of reports on the disparities.
African American and Hispanic Missourians trail behind whites when it comes to health indicators. The nonprofit Missouri Foundation for Health published reports Tuesday on the health disparities of the two minority groups.
U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) visits a federally qualified health center in Columbia on Tuesday, May 28. She said she hopes to see more health centers open up in her district to serve the medically underserved population. Administrators say health centers need more funding.
U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler met with administrators of Columbia’s Family Health Center on Tuesday. The center provides primary care for the medically underserved population by using a sliding fee scale that depends on a patient’s income level. Hartzler says the visit is part of her efforts to learn more about ways to help more people in her district gain access to quality health care.
At the health equity conference in Columbia last week, between the steady stream of PowerPoints and pie charts, I had the chance to talk with some smart folks who spend their time thinking about health disparities and how to end them:
Women in rural Missouri are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer at a late stage than women in urban or suburban counties. In this weekly Health & Wealth update, the urban / rural disparity in breast cancer detection.