A website to support your diverse patients
Treating everyone the same is a value we have all grown up with. But the challenge is that not everyone is the same, and these differences can lead to critical disparities in how our Anthem HealthKeepers Plus patients receive their care. That is why we want to introduce you and your staff to MyDiversePatients.com, which has educational resources you can use to help address these disparities.
In the United States:
- About three times more African Americans die from hypertension than their white counterparts.1
- Black women with a Master’s degree have a higher infant mortality rate than White women who did not finish high school.2
- Hispanics are 51 percent more likely to have diabetes-related deaths than the general population.3
- LGBT youth are up to three times more likely to attempt suicide than their non-LGBT counterparts.4
MyDiversePatients.com features resources to help you address disparities in health care, such as:
- Continuing medical education experiences about disparities, potential contributing factors and opportunities for providers to enhance care.
- Real life stories about diverse patients and the unique challenges they face.
- Tips and techniques for working with diverse patients to promote improvement in health outcomes.
While there is no single easy answer to the issue of health care disparities, the vision of MyDiversePatients.com is to start reversing these trends one patient at a time.
Visit MyDiversePatients.com today to embrace the knowledge, skills, ideals, strategies and techniques to continue enhancing the quality of care for your diverse patients.
1 American Heart Association. (2010). Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – A 2010 Update. pp116-117. DOI: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.109.192667. Retrieved from http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/circulationaha/121/7/e46.full.pdf?download=true
2 Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (2017). CDC Wonder. Retrieved from https://wonder.cdc.gov/welcomet.html
3 Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015, May 8). Vital Signs: Leading Causes of Death, Prevalence of Diseases and Risk Factors, and Use of Health Services Among Hispanics in the United States — 2009–2013. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Vol. 64(17);469-478. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6417a5.htm?s_cid=mm6417a5_w
4 Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016, Aug 12). Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-Related Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9–12 — United States and Selected Sites, 2015. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Vol. 65 No. 9. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/ss/pdfs/ss6509.pdf
December 2018 Anthem Provider Newsletter - Virginia