Our nation spends nearly one trillion dollars a year on diagnosing and treating disease. Nevertheless, each year hundreds of thousands of deaths due to preventable causes occur—including nearly 400,000 deaths due to poor diet and inactivity; 85,000 deaths as a result of alcohol misuse; 55,000 attributable to toxic agents; and 29,000 attributable to firearms.13 These deaths and other associated health problems occur disproportionately among poor and minority populations.
The National Institutes of Health defines health disparities as “Differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, and burden of diseases and other adverse health conditions that exist among specific population groups in the United States.”14 Racial and ethnic health disparities are “large, persistent, and even increasing in the United States.”15 When elements of racism, poverty, and problematic community environments converge, greater overall threats to health and safety develop. When efforts are designed to address this convergence, disparities can be reduced. Read more of this article reprinted by permission from the Prevention Institute...
The Medicare Prescription Drug Program: Working for Seniors
Medicare Prescription Drug Program, known as Part D, is helping seniors
and disabled Americans get the prescription medications they need to
live healthier, longer lives. While Part D has been in effect for just
over one year, already 90 percent of America’s seniors are benefiting
from comprehensive prescription drug coverage, according to government
reports. This is nearly twice as many Americans as were covered just
a few short years ago. Read
CPAT Partners Weigh In on California’s Healthcare System
On January 24 and 25, 2007, the California Partnership for Access to Treatment (CPAT) met with healthcare, business, community, and advocacy organizations to discuss the challenges we all face in our efforts to increase access to quality healthcare in California. Held in Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego, these open and productive discussions allowed CPAT partners and guests to share their concerns and hopes for California’s changing healthcare system.
Attendees addressed pressing healthcare issues confronting the state and priorities for healthcare reform in 2007, as well as the benefits and detriments of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s and other state leaders’ healthcare proposals.
feedback we received will help guide CPAT’s future seminars, as
we continue to provide resources and healthcare access information to
our partners and the constituents they serve. We encourage all interested
parties to attend our educational seminars to share their perspective
on health access issues and to learn more about CPAT. Please continue
to check our Web site for news about upcoming seminars and events!
We are delighted to share the newly drafted California Partnership for Access to Treatment mission statement. It’s been nearly a year since our partnership began, and through our conversations with our growing network, we wanted to ensure our mission statement reflected our core purpose: to serve as an educational and communications network to help increase access to treatment in California.
LAAHU – Los Angeles Association of Health Underwriters
Join LAAHU at their annual meeting in Pasadena on Wednesday, March 28. The conference’s keynote speakers are Dr. Brian Day (President-Elect of the Canadian Medical Association), Dr. William Plested (President of the American Medical Association) and Dr. Anmol Mahal (President of the California Medical Association). The focus of the conference will be the changing nature of the healthcare industry in 2007, including wellness and healthcare advocacy. Please click on the following link for more information about this upcoming conference - http://www.laahuonline.com.
Be sure to check out the CPAT Calendar of Events to find out about upcoming partner conferences, seminars, fundraisers, and other activities in your area. If you would like your event listed, please contact Dorothy at firstname.lastname@example.org
says racial gap in medical care needs cure
unveils online health disparities tool kit
aims to close health gap: Minorities are more likely to suffer diabetes
and die from strokes
Disparities and Martin Luther King Jr.'s Unfinished Civil Rights Agenda
Governor’s Healthcare Proposal
California’s healthcare system was a major component of Governor Schwarzenegger’s State of the State address delivered last month and a conversation topic at the CPAT “Year of Healthcare” luncheons. Provided below are the major points provided in the Governor’s outline for solving California’s healthcare problems. CPAT will continue to monitor announcements by the Governor’s administration and provide updates on developments impacting access to treatment.
Health Plans and Insurers:
Doctors and Hospitals:
For more information on the Governor’s healthcare proposal please visit the State of the State web site, available at: http://gov.ca.gov/sots/healthcare.html.
You can also see how the Governor’s plan compares to other proposals from California’s leadership by visiting the CPAT Newsroom.
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