Health disparities are unfair and preventable differences in health status. Disparities exist for many reasons, including living and working environment, access to quality health care and education, financial resources, and social support. Collectively, these reasons are called the "Social Determinants of Health".
To solve health disparities and promote health equity, which is the fair opportunity everyone should have to be as healthy as possible, it is important to address the Social Determinants of Health and ensure that everyone has access to the resources needed to thrive.
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What are chronic diseases?
Chronic diseases are conditions that have lasting health consequences and usually require long-term treatment. These conditions can be managed or controlled but are usually not curable. There are many chronic diseases including cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and more.
Chronic Disease Focus
Cancer is one of the COMMUNITY Center priorities. Due to structural, economic, and racial inequities, people of color experience lower rates of screening for cancer, less access to treatment, a higher number of cancer deaths, and lower quality of life after cancer survival. The COMMUNITY Center is working to increase screening rates, reduce the risk of cancer, and improve medication management.
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Cardiovascular disease (CVD), also called heart disease, is the number one cause of death in New York City. Although CVD affects people of all ages, genders, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and income levels, there are health disparities related to cardiovascular diseases that have an unequal impact on people of color. Lowering the risk of CVD is one of the COMMUNITY Center priorities.
Sleep health is important because it is necessary for overall health and development. Lack of quality sleep can impact body weight, heart function, the immune system, memory, mood, and growth, and increase the risk of developing multiple chronic diseases. Understanding the relationship between sleep health and chronic disease is a COMMUNITY Center priority.