WHEREAS, racial and ethnic health disparities are a major preventable public health problem in cities across the nation;and
WHEREAS, many major national and local studies such as those analyzed in the Institute of Medicine's 2002 Report "Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities unhealthier, " have documented "differences in incidence, prevalence, mortality and burden of disease and other adverse health conditions, " as disparities is defined by the National Institutes of Health; and
WHEREAS, these racial and ethnic health inequities are caused by many social factors, including discrimination, poverty, inequitable access to resources essential to health such as education, healthy housing, healthy environments and culturally competent health care; and
WHEREAS, cities such as Boston, Minneapolis and others have taken the initiative to eliminate disparities through model collaborative, cross-sector approaches that bring together a group of leaders from health, business, government, and community; and
WHEREAS, local government also relies on a sustained partnership with the federal government to succeed in creating health equity; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors requests continued and expanded national support for federal programs that explicitly tackle this major social problem, such as REACH 2010, Healthy Start, and Title VII Health Professions programs such as Health Education Centers; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the United States Conference of Mayors urges that race and ethnicity health data across federal and state programs be collected and standardized and that reports be published annually which examine differences in health outcomes and health status by race and ethnicity.