Minority Group Health Disparities

Often under emphasized are the minority groups that are heavily affected by health disparities in America, UK and all the same worldwide.

Health disparities are not just based on race, ethnic, and cultural differences. Such disparities are seen as affecting the sexuality minority groups and observations and surveys show that one’s sexual minority status may limit access to health care, with especially bad impact on lesbians, which are being discriminated both as females and as homosexual.

“Health inequalities exist for lesbian and bisexual women, largely related to experiences of discrimination, homophobia and heterosexism.”

This known interference with health care access is a prime example of heterosexual privilege and homosexual prejudice prevalence in Western societies.

Just as this lack of health care affects minority races, ethnic groups, and less represented cultural beliefs; lesbian and bisexual women are deteriorating their health by either not seeing (being feared of) or not be attended to by health care professionals.

It is important that health care professionals consider the nine cultural competency techniques suggested by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and make an effort to break the barriers put into place through society’s homophobia and heterosexism.

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Last Updated: Sep 4, 2013

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  1. MPH@GW Online MPH MPH@GW Online MPH United States says:

    Significant health disparities exist within the Latino population, which is why the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services has launched the Avance Center for the Advancement of Immigrant/Refugee Health. This effort is in collaboration with the Maryland GW_Avance_CenterMulticultural Youth Centers, the Rivera Group and other partners with the goal of working with a Latino population in Maryland to better understand health disparities specific to this and other immigrant communities.

    Read more here: publichealthonline.gwu.edu/.../

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