OnPoint on WACH Fox: Health disparities in SC's minority communities
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - On this week's edition of OnPoint on WACH Fox we’re looking at health disparities in minority communities, specifically in South Carolina's Latino population.
April is national minority health month, a campaign created to raise public awareness about health and health care disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities.
Health disparities are differences in the overall rate of disease incidence, prevalence, mortality or survival rates between different groups. Disparities result not only in a lower quality of life for those groups, but also for their families and communities.
In South Carolina, health disparities among minorities are among the worst in the country. Cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, kidney disease, and other chronic conditions are substantially higher among Latinos and African-Americans.