WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), who played a key role in the creation of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, released the following statement recognizing April as National Minority Health Month.
“Today, because of historical and contemporary injustices across our society, including those in the health care system, communities of color continue to face health disparities that result in poorer quality of life and lower life expectancies when compared to their white counterparts. For people of color who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), these disparities are often exacerbated.
“In recent years, we have faced a variety of serious public health challenges that have clearly highlighted the need to confront health disparities. Whether we’re discussing the COVID-19 pandemic, the spread of mpox last summer, or the spread of respiratory illnesses like the flu and RSV this past winter, these public health issues have revealed that we must respond appropriately and in a timely fashion to ensure that vulnerable communities receive the resources they need.
“As National Minority Health Month comes to a close, let us rededicate ourselves to ensuring all Americans have access to affordable, high-quality health care and renew our pledge to do everything possible to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity for all.”