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New Report Reveals Drastic Health Disparities Between Different Races and Ethnicities

New Report Reveals Drastic Health Disparities Between Different Races and Ethnicities
May 05
13:43 2016

The journey to improve public health as a whole in this country is a long one. The poorer the area, the unhealthier the population.

Not to mention, there are significant gaps between health concerns, including obesity, dental care and cesarean births between different races and ethnicities.

“We have seen important improvements in some health measures for racial and ethnic minority populations since … 1985,” said Dr. J. Nadine Gracia, deputy assistant secretary for minority health and director of the HHS Office of Minority Health. “While there has been significant progress in our journey toward health equity, disparities still exist and we must remain vigilant in our efforts to end health disparities in America.”

Here are some recent health facts revealing major disparities between different races and ethnicities according to the 39TH annual health report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health States.

  • There has been a decrease in the gap between uninsured adults between the ages of 18 to 64. In 1999, there was a 24.9 % difference between Hispanics and whites. While in the first 6 months of 2015, it was reported that there was a 19.9 % difference between Hispanics and Asians.
  • Obesity rates in children varied between the years of 2011-2014 with Hispanics between the ages of 2 and 19 having the highest rate of 21.9%, while Asians had the lowest of 8.6%.
  • In 2014, black mothers had the highest percentage of cesarean births at 29.9%, while American Indian and Alaska Native mothers had the lowest at 21.5%.
  • Also in 2014, 16% of Hispanic adults were without dental care for the last 12 months, while only 6% of Asians were found in this segment.
  • Prescription drug spending has increased significantly over the years, specifically totaling $287.7 billion in 2014. This is a 12.2% increase from the year prior.

These numbers are a long way from perfect, but we are one step closer to being a healthier nation.

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