Lately, I've been noticing a steady stream of reports on health care disparities, most of which feature alarming factoids within an overall picture of slow progress to reverse those trends. For instance, a recent report from the CDC included the following, troubling findings:

  • Infants born to African-American women are 1.5 to 3 times more likely to die than infants born to all other American mothers.
  • Rates of preventable hospitalizations increase as incomes decrease.
  • Lower-income Americans report fewer healthy days per month.