Taking care of your health should be a year-round effort, but this month, as we mark National Minority Health Month, we hope you’ll use this opportunity to take care of yourself, your health, and your community. While we've made some progress in moving toward better health outcomes for people of color, we've still got a long way to go. We must continue working with our communities to transform our world from one divided by disparities to a world united by health equity.
What’s the issue?
Across the United States, many people of color are deeply impacted by the overwhelming lack of access to health care and health education services, yet they have some of the greatest needs for preventive health care — like lifesaving cancer screenings, testing and treatment for STDs, Pap tests, and health education.
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California believes that all people and their families deserve the highest quality of care no matter who they are and where they live — no matter what. We are committed to working in communities to break down barriers many face in accessing health care. We fight to ensure all people get the high quality and affordable health care they need, regardless of one’s race, income, geography, citizenship status, or gender identity.
What is California doing?
We know that we can improve the health care outcomes of every person and every family in our community, regardless of race or ethnicity, when communities work together. Through programs like Family PACT in California, local Planned Parenthood health centers work together with other community providers to help everyone in California get the reproductive health care services and information they need to stay healthy.
Planned Parenthood health centers are committed to helping everyone — no matter who they are or where they live. Every year, health centers in California provide lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, testing and treatment for STDs, breast health services, Pap tests, and accurate, nonjudgmental sexual health education and information to more than 800,000 of women, men, and young people.
This month, Covered California released details on new conditions on health plans, which includes a new requirement to track health disparities among all patients and identify trends in those disparities in an effort to reduce disparities and improve health outcomes for all – read more about this in a KQED News article.
We hope you take the time in April to check in with your loved ones about their health — and then join us as we work to improve health care outcomes for all — a commitment we stand by every day of the year. Sign up for the email list to stay informed about advocacy and involvement opportunities so you can help advocate for reproductive health! We know that when people are truly cared for, they make their lives, their families, and their communities better and healthier.