Every American should have the opportunity to be as healthy as he or she can be. But now, health varies dramatically from state to state and community to community. Access to good medical care is obviously one important factor that impacts how healthy a person is, but a number of other factors play a role in health beyond medical care. In fact, many researchers have found that where you live, your income level, socio-economic group, and behavior often impact your health more than either genetics or access to medical care.
Health disparities are a significant threat to our nation's health. Low-income and minority communities systematically have less access to health care, higher exposure to health threats, and worse health outcomes.
TFAH addresses health disparities and factors that are beyond individual control, often called "social determinants," as a central part of our work. TFAH advocates for strategies to improve the health of all Americans, regardless of race, ethnicity, income or where they live.
Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases
April 10, 2015
OUR VIEW: Making Alabama healthier
April 6, 2015
Critics say cuts erode Maine’s public health system
April 4, 2015
Growing hepatitis rates a concern in W.Va.
April 1, 2015
Measles still a threat as spring break nears
Policy and Advocacy
For TFAH position statements and letters, congressional hearings, briefings and testimony, and additional policy and advocacy materials, click here.
Selected items from TFAH's Resource Library:
Addiction Center: Health Effects of Youth Substance Abuse Addiction Center was founded by recovering addicts and health professionals to provide the most up-to-date information on various addictions and reviews of top treatment centers across the country.
Baby Boomers and Obesity Facts from F as in Fat 2008 Report
Half of Americans Could Be Obese By 2030… Or We Could Invest In The Prevention Fund Half of Americans could be obese By 2030...or we could invest in the Prevention Fund. An analysis conducted by the National Heart Forum, based on a peer-reviewed model published last year in The Lancet, estimates that that 50 percent of Americans are on track to be obese in the next 20 years.1 Obesity could even top 60 percent in 13 states. Right now, 36 percent of Americans are obese.
Improving the Health of Low-Income and Minority Communities Low-Income and Minority Communities Systematically Have Less Access to Health Care, Higher Exposure to Health Threats, and Worse Health Outcomes.
The High Price of Food Facts from F as in Fat 2008 Report