Published on April 16, 2015
In honor of National Minority Health Month, today’s guest blog comes from Vanessa Mason, the eHealth senior manager at ZeroDivide.
Minorities and other underserved or vulnerable communities have often experienced both concentrated poverty and isolation from knowledge and resources, and thus we see higher rates of cancer incidences and deaths than from other populations. As we observe the 30th anniversary of National Minority Health Month this April, it is important that we take a look at the health disparities in minority communities and how we can bridge this divide.
Several minority groups in the United States are at a higher risk for being diagnosed with cancer:
Although these numbers may paint a dark picture, at ZeroDivide we are working to leverage technology to accelerate social change in underserved communities. Technology in health care, or eHealth, has the potential to reduce persistent health disparities if underserved populations have access to the products they need.
eHealth offers the potential to dramatically increase access to cancer prevention by providing cost effective, accessible and convenient access to knowledge and resources. We are looking forward to working with our partners at the Prevent Cancer Foundation to reduce disparities in health care and increase cancer prevention and early detection among minority groups.
For more information on cancer prevention and early detection, visit www.preventcancer.org
For more information on eHealth for minority communities, visit www.zerodivide.org
Vanessa Mason (@vanessamason) is the eHealth senior manager at ZeroDivide, where she advises on product development in digital health for the underserved. Vanessa has worked at the intersection of health, tech and social impact throughout her career. She earned her BA from Yale University and her MPH from Columbia University.