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Advancing Health Equity: Acknowledging National Minority Health Month with Akira

Apr 02, 2024
Advancing Health Equity: Acknowledging National Minority Health Month with Akira

April is National Minority Health Month. This month serves as an important platform to address the persistent health disparities among racial and ethnic minority communities and American Indian/Alaska Native populations. At Akira Medical Imaging + Wellness, we're not merely observers; we're advocates for health equity!

This year's theme, "Be the Source for Better Health: Improving Health Outcomes Through Our Cultures, Communities, and Connections," highlights the significance of understanding the multifaceted factors influencing health outcomes, including social determinants of health (SDOH). Just as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) is committed to championing equitable, respectful care and services, our Akira team is also! Together, we aim to bridge the gap and empower individuals from all backgrounds to achieve optimal health.

Facing Disparities Head-On: The Reality for Minority Women

Let's talk about a tough reality: the disparities facing Black and other minority women when it comes to breast cancer. It's a heavy burden to bear, and the numbers/statistics from the American Cancer Society paint a stark picture:

  • For over a decade, the gap in breast cancer deaths between Black women and others has remained at a staggering 40% or more.
  • Black women under 50 face a death rate twice as high as White women in the same age group. Plus, Black women have a higher likelihood of dying from breast cancer at any age.
  • American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) women are 17% less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than White women, yet 4% more likely to die from it.
  • Despite having a slightly lower incidence rate of breast cancer compared to White women, Black women face a whopping 40% higher breast cancer death rate.
  • While breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for women overall in the U.S., it's the number one cause for Black and Hispanic women.

These stats hit hard, reminding us of the pressing need to tackle the root causes of these disparities. That means ensuring everyone has access to quality care, promoting early detection, and providing culturally competent support services.

At Akira, we're not just acknowledging these challenges but committed to facing them head-on. Because every woman, regardless of background, deserves the chance to fight breast cancer on a level playing field. 

These statistics serve as a sobering reminder of the urgent need to address the underlying factors contributing to health disparities, including access to quality care, early detection, and culturally competent support services.

Addressing Access Barriers with Strategic Solutions

Navigating the healthcare maze can feel like a daunting puzzle, especially when faced with barriers like financial worries or logistical hurdles. But fear not! At Akira, we're all about making your journey smoother.

Picture this: script-free mammograms for hassle-free screenings, extended hours tailored to fit your busy schedule and a cozy, stress-free environment where you can relax and focus on your well-being. It's all part of our mission to ensure everyone has access to the care they need, no matter what obstacles stand in the way. Because your health and happiness matter most to us.

Empowering Through Outreach and Education

At Akira, we believe that knowledge is power, especially when it comes to achieving health equity. That's why we're on a mission to bring vital information directly to you!

Through our targeted outreach initiatives, we're reaching out to underserved communities, spreading awareness, and empowering individuals to take charge of their health. Whether it's through educational workshops, community events, or simply lending a listening ear, we're here to make sure everyone has the tools they need to prioritize preventive care.

By fostering a culture of health literacy and proactive engagement, we're laying the groundwork for long-lasting positive health outcomes. Because when you have the knowledge and confidence to make informed decisions about your health, anything is possible.

Cultivating Cultural Sensitivity and Inclusivity

Cultural sensitivity is integral to our practice ethos at Akira. Our dedicated staff undergoes comprehensive training to ensure culturally competent care delivery, respecting diverse perspectives and honoring individual experiences. By embracing cultural diversity and fostering inclusivity, we cultivate an environment where every patient feels valued, understood, and supported.

Guiding Towards Optimal Health with Patient Navigation

Navigating the complexities of the healthcare landscape can be daunting, particularly for individuals facing additional challenges. Our patient navigation services serve as an extra layer of support, offering personalized guidance, seamless care coordination, and access to invaluable community resources. We empower patients to navigate their healthcare journey with confidence and clarity through compassionate assistance and tailored advocacy.


At Akira Medical Imaging + Wellness, National Minority Health Month isn't just a time for reflection—it's a call to action. As we stand together to advance health equity, we renew our pledge to be agents of positive change in the communities we serve. Together, let's envision a future where access to healthcare is a right, not a privilege.

If you're ready to take charge of your health journey, we invite you to join us. Request an appointment today for a mammogram and take a proactive step towards prioritizing your well-being. Because every woman deserves the chance to detect breast cancer early and fight it with all the resources available. Let's make health equity a reality—one appointment at a time.