Description Supporting Lectures: Refer the following lecture: Delivering Culturally Appropriate Services Reducing Health Disparities In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the first CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report (CHDIR). This report examined health disparities in the United States associated with various characteristics, including race/ethnicity, sex, income, education, disability status, and geography. Among other recommendations, the 2011 CHDIR emphasized the need to address health disparities with a dual intervention strategy that focuses on populations at greatest need and improves the health of the general population by making interventions available to everyone. Review the following PDF to learn more: MMWR: Strategies for Reducing Health Disparities—Selected CDC-Sponsored Interventions, United States, 2014 Create a 4- to 5-page Microsoft Word document that addresses the following: Compare the patterns of the major diseases of Hispanic/Latino groups and their rates and health effects between the other racial or ethnic groups living in the United States. Identify at least one consequence that a lack of access to healthcare has on Hispanics/Latinos. Explain why access to care issues will need to be monitored even more closely within the U.S. healthcare system beginning 2014. Find at least two scholarly journal articles that discuss all or at least one of the topic areas related to Hispanic/Latino health disparities in the United States. Provide a synopsis of each article. Explain what type of barrier(s) (structural, financial, or socio-cultural) each article examines? Describe at least two policies or strategies that can be implemented to improve access to healthcare services as they relate to the articles you reviewed. Lecture.. Delivering Culturally Appropriate Services Healthy People 2020 has four overarching goals, one of which is to eliminate health disparities among segments of the population, including differences that occur by gender, race or ethnicity, education or income, disability, geographic location, or sexual orientation (USDHHS-HealthyPeople, 2020). The goal is to recognize that medical care alone will not eliminate the devastating impact of chronic disease, the rate of infant mortality, and the burden of homicide and violence. The need to adequately assess culture-specific variables when planning Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) programming cannot be stressed enough. Shared common elements, including the need to accurately determine who the target population is, what group member’s specific health needs and concerns are, what makes group members unique as a cultural or ethnic group, and what special planning efforts will be needed to deliver culturally competent and sensitive services to them. The health care practitioner should avail himself or herself of the information available from the literature and directly from patients and community members with whom the practitioner works in planning appropriate programs of health care and health promotion. Practitioners should also respond positively to the challenge to add to the body of knowledge about differences among subgroups by reporting, through case studies and other qualitative methods, the results of his or her observations and interactions with members of American society.