Moving Toward Health Equity: Reducing Disparities for People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
The Center on FASD Justice & Equity is committed to work towards reducing health disparities as an important goal and strategy to move towards health equity.
“Health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to ‘attain his or her full health potential’ and no one is ‘disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances”.
– Centers for Disease Control
FASD can be an Invisible Disability
According to the U.S. Census, nearly 1 in 5 people have a disability in the U.S. These individuals cut across racial, ethnic, age, and gender lines and these disabilities fall on a spectrum. Oftentimes individuals with an FASD have invisible disabilities that can put them at increased risk of facing inequities in health care and services.
There is a Need to Address the Known Inequities
Individuals with FASD face inequities in life expectancy, housing, employment, and education. There are also known challenges to accessing culturally- and FASD-informed diagnostic services and ongoing treatment.
Even with access to services the additional medical costs associated with FASD can create economic and income disparities. We are working to build collaborations to work towards reducing health disparities.
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