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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“The U.S. population is increasingly diverse. Cultural competency is essential to deliver health care services that meet the needs of each individual and improves overall health.”

Christina Stasiuk, D.O., National Medical Director for Health Equity, Cigna

1Pew Research Center population projections, “Modern Immigration Wave Brings 59 Million to US, Driving Population Growth and Change Through 2065,” 2015.