Disparities come at a personal and societal price Health care disparities are costly. Poorly managed care or missed diagnoses result in expensive and avoidable complications. As discussed in Unequal Treatment: "to the extent that minority beneficiaries of publicly funded health programs are less likely to receive high quality care, these beneficiaries—as well as the taxpayers that support public health care programs—may face higher future health care costs." The personal cost of disparities can lead to significant morbidity, disability, and lost productivity at the individual level.
To reach men, women and their families where they live, work, play, and pray with community outreach health programs that maintain health prevention messages, tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation.