“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhuman.”
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The day we celebrate the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is a good time to highlight some of the health disparities that still exist in our country. Disparities are differences in health that are closely linked with social or economic disadvantages.
The American Heart Association believes that all Americans should have the same opportunity to improve their health and avoid deadly diseases. Learn more about how the AHA fights health disparities. The American Heart Association also works to:
- Decrease sodium consumption in our communities;
- Decrease the sugar-sweetened beverages consumed, especially among Hispanic and African-American children;
- Increase physical activity in all communities;
- Increase awareness of using 9-1-1 in case of heart disease and stroke;
- Increase CPR training in Hispanic and African-American communities; and
- Eradicate food deserts that are so prevalent in disadvantaged communities throughout the United States.
Today and every day, the American Heart Association works to promote a culture of health and decrease heart disease, the No. 1 killer of all Americans.