U.S. Racial Disparities in Health

Originally posted at Female Impersonator

File this under unsurprising, but nonetheless upsetting, news: a recent federal report found that the poor and racial and ethnic minorities are less healthy than their more affluent, white counterparts.

The agency did not delve into why suffering is so disproportionate, other than to note the obvious: that the poor, the uninsured and the less educated tend to live shorter, sicker lives…

“Some of the figures, like the suicide rate for young American Indians, are just heartbreaking,” said Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the C.D.C. director, who ordered the report compiled.

He ordered it, he said, after promising at his agency’s African American History Month celebration last February that he would do so.

“We wanted to shine a spotlight on the problem and some potential solutions,” he said.

Many of the differences are large and striking

To find out more detailed information on the report’s findings, click here.

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2 Comments

  1. zooeysalin
    Posted January 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    This is, sadly, wholly unsurprising to me. I’m working on my dissertation, which is on women of color and the Women’s Health Movement, and groups such as the National Latina Health Organization and the Black Women’s Health Imperative (formerly the National Black Women’s Health Project) have been struggling with the health realities for women of color and their families since the 1980s. Bringing these sorts of studies, and their findings, to people’s attention is important, but I wish more attention was shined on the groups working to lessen that health gap.

  2. Posted January 18, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for posting this and bringing it to my attention! I’ve just shared it with the local anti-racist network.

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