Top Health Disparities Affecting the Federal Workforce

Goals

To provide a list of the top health disparities affecting the federal workforce with details on the underlying cause of these issues and how/where changes can be made to mitigate the health disparities found within federal workforce in the US.

Early Findings

Current Status of Disparity in the U.S.

  • According to reports, people of color and low-income individuals are faced with barriers such as a higher uninsured rate and access to health care compared to Whites and high income earners.
  • "Data also show that disparities in some health outcomes, such as heart disease mortality rates among Blacks and diabetes mortality rates among American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIANs), have widened over time."
  • The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provided more gains for many groups facing disparities. However, some groups remain at a "higher risk of being uninsured, lacking access to care, and experiencing worse health outcomes."
  • Research found that as of 2018, 19% of Hispanics are more likely to be uninsured compared to 7.5% of Whites.
  • Furthermore, 17.3% of low income earners in the U.S. are likely to be uninsured compared to 4.3% of "those with incomes at 400% of the federal poverty level or above."
  • In 2018, about 13% of Whites did not see a doctor due to cost compared to 19% of Non Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders (NHOPI) and 19% of AIANs.
  • As of 2018, HIV or Aids diagnosis and death rate is highest among Blacks compared to other races.
  • Also, "infant mortality rates are higher for Blacks and American Indians and Alaska Natives compared to Whites."

Summary of Priliminary Research

  • Preliminary search to identify the top health disparities affecting the federal workforce in the U.S. did not find information specific to the federal workforce in the U.S. However, we found reports and publications that provides statistics on the current status of disparity for the general population in the U.S.
  • While this report did not provide information on the underlying cause of these issues and how/where changes can be made to mitigate the health disparities, we propose more hours of research to find relevant information on this.
  • Note that there is no specific base to rank these disparities as "top" other than as identified by studies and reports from credible sources.
  • As such, we propose further research to provide a deep dive into health disparities in the U.S. with the proposals below.

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