WASHINGTON (AP) - A government report on the health of minority populations is recommending ways to close a wellness gap with white Americans.
The report says that from cradle to grave, minority populations tend to suffer poorer health and get poorer health care than whites.
The plan being released Friday runs the gamut from improving dental care for poor children to tapping savvy community health workers who can help guide their Spanish-speaking neighbors in seeking treatment.
But it acknowledges that giving everyone an equal shot at living a healthy life depends on far more than what happens inside a doctor's office.
Dr. Howard Koh, assistant secretary of Health and Human Services, says it also has to do with where people live, work, go to school, play and worship. He says there needs to be a full national commitment.