New Underserved Populations Factsheet

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on September 14, 2022 # News, Community Education

women at bus stopThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Minority Health has said that minorities living with disabilities face a “double burden.” The challenges of securing quality healthcare that are frustratingly familiar to all individuals living with disabilities are further exacerbated among minority groups by prejudice, discrimination, and economic barriers; profound health disparities, including disproportionate rates of morbidity and mortality, are the result.

The National Paralysis Resource Center (NPRC) recently published a new series of resource sheets for the underserved communities living with disabilities, including African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians and Native Alaskans, and Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiians. Each topic sheet provides links to federal and local initiatives alongside information about non-profit organizations and advocacy efforts that support specific minority groups. These resources are designed to help individuals who live with disabilities locate critical programs and support services in their community, with the overall goal of improving health and promoting independent living.

Here is a sampling of some of the resources found in these factsheets:

African American Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities

https://blackdisabilitycenter.org

Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum

https://www.apiahf.org

Indian Health Service

http://www.ihs.gov

National American Indian Veterans

http://www.facebook.com/pages/NAIV-National-American-Indian-Veterans/311444758503

National Coalition for Latinx with Disabilities

www.latinxdisabilitycoaliton.com

For more information on these and other paralysis-related topics, visit the NPRC Resources Page or contact the Information Specialist team at www.ChristopherReeve.org/Ask or by calling 1-800-539-7309.

The National Paralysis Resource Center website is supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $8,700,000 with 100 percent funding by ACL/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.