Racial and ethnic minority groups are also unequally affected by unintended economic, social, and secondary health consequences of COVID mitigation strategies such as social distancing. “Health equity” means that everyone has the opportunity to be as healthy as possible. Equitable opportunity includes equal access to and distribution of. adult ethnic minorities in the United States. Much of the findings regarding Latinos are also applicable to African Americans, Asian/Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans. According to the Census Bureau, Latinos constitute the largest minority group in the United States.
The numbers and proportions of older people of diverse racial and ethnic origins in the United States are increasing. In , ethnic minorities represented 13% of the population age 65 and older—a percentage that rose to 16% in and is projected to increase to . In the s, the number of white older adults will level off while the other racial and ethnic groups will increase. The dramatic increase in the total numbers of older adults from the mids to is largely because of the growth in other racial and ethnic groups, particularly the Hispanic population.