2004-08-20 / Community

Congressman Meeks Urges Congress to Save Office of Minority Health

Congressman Gregory W. Meeks who represents the eastern part of the Rockaway peninsula calls for other congressional officials to join him in pressuring the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to sustain its Office of Minority Health.

Meeks pointed out that the office “serves to protect the health of racial and ethnic minorities that often suffer from certain conditions at disproportionate rates.”

The congressman urges that the Office of Minority Health is a needed tool for forcing the CDC and other government agencies to close the health care gap between racial minorities and all American citizens.

“For too many racial and ethnic minorities in the United States, good health is elusive, since appropriate care is often associated with an individual’s economic status, race, and gender,” the congressman said.

He questions the decision of the CDC to terminate the Office of Minority Health during a time of well-documented racial disparities in detection and treatment of diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and cancer.

“While Americans as a group are healthier and living longer, the nation’s health status will never be as good as it can be as long as there are segments of the population with poor health status,” Meeks said. “We need to ensure that the Office of Minority Health is permitted to continue. Its work does not only mean better care for patients, but more cost-effective, appropriate health care overall-which helps our entire healthcare system.”

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