That’s because taking employees’ racial and ethnic backgrounds into account isn’t against the law when you’re launching or refining a wellness or disease management program. In fact, it’s actually encouraged, says Meltzer, who points out the well-documented fact that different racial groups tend to be more at risk for certain health problems.So considering the ethnic backgrounds of your employees can help you create a more tailored, more useful—and ultimately, more effective—wellness program.
Some specific risks to be aware of:
A recent article from Copley News Service offers even more fascinating details and specifics about the varying health risks faced by different ethnic groups.
- African-American, Latino, Native American and Pacific Islanders are at higher risk of diabetes than Caucasian employees
- Chinese women are statistically twice as likely to get cervical cancer
- Caucasians have disproportionately high rates of obesity and high blood pressure
- Latinos have higher rates of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease than other groups