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Terence Morris (@pacetulsa) is the author and founder of PACE TULSA a think-tank focusing on intersecting awareness of educational opportunities within pedestrian crosswalks and public transportation policy in the United States.

I would like to take a moment of your time to talk about PREVENTABLE INJURIES TO CHILDREN. As a Child Be’Javius Guzman, a young man from Guatemala, was born with HIV, but did not learn about his infection until he was a preteen. Cozumeela Salemna, is a transgender woman living in the southern United States; she has been living with HIV since 2006, but the infection lied dormant in her from birth. Bastille Vimillion, who lives in New York, has been living with HIV for 23 years, contracted it while receiving a blood transfusion in infancy. Gopauliis, is the only member of her family who is living with HIV, but because she had to have a plasma transfusion as a child she thinks that is the way she may have contracted the disease. After hearing their diagnosis, all of them faced fear and stigma. Especially since they were All Injured Children forced into receiving less than adequate health care alternatives in their communities. Inadequate Health Care can also be a measure of preventable injury.

ACCORDING TO THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL, Office of Minority Health & Health Equity (OMHHE) Minority Health Determines the Health of the Nation – “The United States has become increasingly diverse in the last century. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, approximately 36 percent of the population belongs to a racial or ethnic minority group. Though health indicators such as life expectancy and infant mortality have improved for most Americans, some minorities experience a disproportionate burden of preventable disease, death, and disability compared with non-minorities.”

Don’t get me wrong… The health of everyone in America is equally as important.  However, the numbers don’t lie when it comes to Health Care Equity. .  Although, there are resources that employers can utilize to effectively implement successful Health Care Equity, often, these programs are really not cost effective for small to mid-size organizations. The opportunity to create Health Care Equity is lost and ignored. It is important to bring awareness to Health Care Equity because we want a positive self-economy. We want our families to be healthy. And we want to be productive as employees while at work. Health Disparities, can occur by sex, gender identity, age, race or ethnicity, education, income, disability, geographic location, or sexual orientation. Poverty, unequal access to health care, limited education, stigma, and discrimination are all linked to health disparities.  When we work to reduce these preventable disparities, we are working toward achieving health equity for all persons. Knowledge of these infections; Personal Behaviors; Monitoring them; and Maintaining good record-keeping practices is how we work to reduce the number of infections in the AT-RISK Populations.

The Center for Disease Control’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STDs, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), helps people understand the ways in which some people are much more affected than others by disease and injury. The difference in rates of infections among different populations is often referred to as health disparity.

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