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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, second from right, White House Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes, right, Office of National AIDS Policy Director Jeffrey Crowley, second from left, and HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh, left. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

WASHINGTON (AP) — From cradle to grave, minority populations tend to suffer poorer health and get poorer health care than white Americans. In a first-of-its-kind report, the government is recommending steps to reduce those disparities.

The plan being released Friday runs the gamut from improving dental care for poor children to tapping “promotoras,” savvy community health workers who can help guide their Spanish-speaking neighbors in seeking treatment.

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