Interact for Health: Poor, minorities more likely to report barriers to finding trusted health care provider
Just last week, Interact for Health released their findings from this year’s Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey (CHSS), which displays many of the barriers our minority populations in the Greater Cincinnati region are experiencing. While the survey observes the lack and type of insurance as barriers to finding a trusted health care provider, there was one factor that stood out: race and ethnicity as a barrier.
Despite a mere four percent of adults in the report expressing race and ethnicity as a barrier, specific subgroups appear to differ. Fancie Wolgin, Senior Program Officer, Interact for Health, explained that “African Americans report race/ethnicity as a barrier more than twice as often as White Appalachians and non-White Appalachians, 8 percent versus 3 percent.” This great difference indicates the growing demand of culturally competent health care providers, serving a rather diverse population among our region. Informing our health care providers of the need for cultural competency is another step in the fight to end health disparities.