The United States is the most technologically advanced country in the world, spending more resources on health care than any other nation, yet not all citizens have equal access to quality health care. The nation's overall health has improved significantly in the past 20 years, but many ethnic minority groups, including African Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, American Indians and Alaska Natives, and Latinos face rates of disease, premature death or disability that are far higher than their fellow, white, non-Latino Americans. On average, racial and ethnic minorities are in poorer health, suffer worse health outcomes, and have higher morbidity and mortality rates than their white cohorts. Such health disparities often mean the loss of productivity, a decreased quality of life and shorter life expectancy. It is in response to these inequities that the UC Davis Health System established the Center for Reducing Health Disparities.
Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, M.D., Ph.D.