National Public Health Week - Accessibility: Closing the Health Equity Gap
61.4 million adults are living with a disability. This is more common in tribal communities. Due to cost, 37% of adults with disabilities do not have access to primary care and lack regular preventative care putting them at greater risk for other health issues.
Today’s theme for the week is Accessibility: Closing the Health Equity Gap. We can continue to urge representatives to strengthen public health infrastructures and support investments in the Build Back Better Act. Uninsured rates have dropped under the Affordable Care Act by more than 3%.
Looking to the Boston Center for Independent Living as an example for breaking down barriers to health care access for people with disabilities can show how our actions will gain traction for widespread change. Our community systems contribute to our health, strengthening community organizations will provide preventive physical and mental health care services catering most specifically to people with disabilities, students, and unhoused individuals.
Visit https://nphw.org/ for more information such as webinars and articles that will help provide you with tools and tips to get involved.