Decreasing Health Disparities

The Alliance is committed to reducing health disparities that exist in our state. Health disparities are health differences that systematically and negatively impact less advantaged groups in the form of access to health care, health information gaps and health outcomes. The COVID pandemic highlighted the ongoing societal and health issues that our neighbors of color often experience in navigating the health system. The Alliance looks forward to working with our elected officials and partners such as the Indiana Minority Health Coalition for meaningful public policy changes that improve health outcomes for all Hoosiers.

  • A population study from IUPUI and the Regenstrief Institute found “that black residents in Indiana don’t get cancer more often; in fact, they have lower incidence of many cancers, but disturbingly, they die from cancer at a higher rate.”1
  • Black residents of Marion County have tested positive for COVID-19 at a rate nearly twice that of white residents, similar toother cities across the country. According to Indiana State Department of Health as of May 5, 1,763 residents with confirmed COVID-19 cases were black and 1,979 were white. This means that for every 100,000 black residents, there are 646 confirmed cases compared to 345 per 100,000 white residents.2

TOBACCO USE COSTS INDIANA

$7.6 billion each year due to increased health care costs, lower productivity and premature death.

Total annual economic burden of obesity in Indiana

$11.4 Billion

$1.5 BILLION TOTAL ANNUAL

economic burden of opioid abuse in Indiana

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