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Cosponsor H.Res. 316 “Recognizing National Minority Health Month”

Cosponsors: Velazquez, Payne, San Nicolas, Espaillat, Cummings, Takano, Roybal-Allard, Fitzpatrick, Beatty, Serrano, Watson Coleman, Gabbard, Clarke, Cohen, Cox, D. Scott, King, Fudge, Horsford, Barbara Lee, Hastings, Napolitano, Barragan, Haaland, Gomez, 
Jesus G. “Chuy” Garcia, Bera, Kelly, Jackson Lee, Hank Johnson, Grijalva, Case 

Dear Colleague:

Please join Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson and Rep. J. Luis Correa in cosponsoring this resolution recognizing National Minority Health Month for April 2019. 

This resolution promotes minority health awareness and supports the goals and ideals of National Minority Health Month, which include bringing attention to the health disparities faced by minority populations of the United States, such as
American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, and Pacific Islanders.

This resolution highlights disparities in health outcomes faced by minority populations, amongst which are:

  • A study by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, entitled “The Economic Burden of Health Inequalities in the United States”, concludes that, between 2003 and 2006, the combined cost of health inequalities and premature death in the United
    States was $1.24 trillion;
  • African-American women were as likely to have been diagnosed with breast cancer as non-Hispanic White women, but African-American women were almost 41 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than non- Hispanic White women between 2011 and 2015;
  • Hispanics have higher rates of end-stage renal disease caused by diabetes, and are 40 percent more likely to die of diabetes, than non-Hispanic Whites;
  • In 2015, Asian Americans were 1.7 times more likely than non-Hispanic Whites to contract Hepatitis A;
  • American Indians and Alaska Natives have a life expectancy that is 4.4 years shorter than the life expectancy of the overall population of the United States; and
  • African-American women die from childbirth or pregnancy-related causes at a rate that is 3 to 4 times higher than the rate for non-Hispanic White women.

Please join us in this effort to recognize National Minority Health Month. To cosponsor or for more information, please contact Tonia Wu in Rep. Johnson’s office at 5-8885 and or Sheresh
Khan in Rep. J. Luis Correa’s office at 5-2965 and



Eddie Bernice Johnson                                                                       J. Luis Correa

Member of Congress                                                                          Member of Congress

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