LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – On Friday in the capitol city, the Arkansas minority health commission partnered with UAMS for its 3rd biannual minority health summit.
There, panelists discussed the findings of a study that suggests eliminating the health gap for Arkansas minorities would cut Medicare costs. Those costs exceed $500 million a year.
Lead speaker Doctor Camara Phyllis Jones said educating our kids about the racism that underlies those costs is key.
"When we don't invest in the education of all of our kids because we have on a blinder that makes us think that there's not genius in the barrios, or ghettos, or the reservations or out in rural Arkansas then we are sapping our whole strength because there's genius in all of our communities and we need to be investing in all of that," said Jones.
The group hosting the conference said little change has been made on health differences since an initial report in 2002.