White Paper | January 2016
Delivering Quality Care to Diverse Populations
Providing care with cultural competency
Health disparities are differences in health status between segments of the population due to greater social and or economic barriers to health. Health disparities are prevalent and, as the U.S. population becomes increasingly diverse, they are likely to increase if not adequately addressed. One way to address them is through cultural competency.
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Racial and ethnic minorities currently make up about a third of the U.S. population, and are expected to become a majority by 2055.1 Additionally:
- Hispanics will continue to make up the largest portion of the minority population1
- The Asian population is expected to grow at the fastest rate between 2015 and 20551
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1Pew Research Center population projections, “Modern Immigration Wave Brings 59 Million to US, Driving Population Growth and Change Through 2065,” 2015.
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