Malnutrition and Minority Older Adults: A Health Equity Issue

 

April is National Minority Health Month. The U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services labels it
as a “time to raise awareness on issues impacting health disparities and health equity in America.”
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

 

 

Food insecurity is not a simple concept – it’s hard to pinpoint if another facet of a person’s life is a cause of food insecurity or a result of it. But one thing most researchers and advocates agree on is that equity – in regards to things like income distribution, access to nutritious food, access to health and social services and access to education – plays a big part in how healthy a person is, mentally and physically.

April is National Minority Health Month and this year, the theme of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services initiative is “Bridging Health Equity Across Communities.” This article by the Huffington Post focuses on why health equity is important and how inequity affects our older minority populations, once again demonstrating that while hunger and all of the underlying issues associated with it are not selective – they affect all ages – the problem continues to disproportionately affect people of color.