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Spotlighting Major Health Disparities During National Minority Health Month

Did you know that, despite having one of the highest incidences of cervical cancer, Hispanic/Latina women have low screening rates and undergo significantly fewer Pap tests than non-Hispanic white and Black women? And, Black women are still 3 times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than white women.

In observance of National Minority Health Month, Kaiser Permanente West LA is committed to eliminating these trends by building awareness and addressing health care inequities.

Cancer Screening Can Eliminate Disparities

The earlier cancer is diagnosed, the more likely it can be cured or successfully managed. Unfortunately, certain ethnicities have lower screening rates for various reasons, while the rates of disease and death among these groups can be higher.

New research shows that colorectal cancer death rate disparities between Black and white adults were eliminated among Kaiser Permanente members in Northern California after implementinga regionwide colorectal cancer screening program. The findings emphasize the need for healthcare organizations to address the social and structural barriers that contribute to ongoing health disparities.

Supporting Black Mothers

Kaiser Permanente West LA is joining those recognizing Black Maternal Health Week (April 11-17), a week focused on awareness, activism, and community building designed to advance our country's dialogue regarding Black maternal health.

"Women and families experiencing the joys of birthing should be able to do so without the fear that they will be treated differently because of their race," said Dr. Tracey Sylvester, Ob/Gyn, Kaiser Permanente West LA. "By centering the voices of black mothers, we can better provide them with the resourcesand opportunity to thrive before, during, and after their pregnancy."

The Black Mamas Matter toolkit, produced by the Center for Reproductive Rights in partnership with members of the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, is a resource for advocates who are concerned about the health and well-being of Black women and girls.

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