Minority Health Disparities

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"Health Body Works" for the mentally challenged is just one of the health programs available at the North Network Center. And it's free. Because according to director Walter Brown, for most of the people living in the neighborhood, a majority of them minorities, access to healthcare doesn't come easy. If it does, they don't necessarily want to go. So education is the key.

"We realize how important it is to provide these kinds of services right here in the community. You know where they can get info right here from a source they're comfortable with."

Loretta Davis-Satterla of the Michigan Department of Community Health says the health discrepancies between minorities and whites is not only about healthcare access, it's about healthcare outcomes.

"For African American males, they will almost, 40 percent, die before the age of 40."

But Michigan Minority Health Coalition's Othelia Pryor hopes to see that change. And the first step was a leadership summit held Thursday to improve minority health status.

"If we don't see it change this generation, we're seeing some movement and building a foundation. So the next generation will have a platform to stand up and go forward with the issue."