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CDC: Disparities Persist across Range of Areas

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

CDC: Disparities Persist across Range of Areas

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Racial and ethnic minorities and lower income individuals continue to experience worse health outcomes and less access to health care services in the United States, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The report found persistent health disparities in a range of areas, including infant mortality, coronary heart disease and stroke, hypertension, potentially preventable hospitalizations, and new HIV infections.

The report, "CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities in the United States-2011," is the first in a series of reports that will catalogue disparities in certain social and health indicators (MMWR 2011, Jan. 14;60(suppl.):[1-116]). It compiles the most recent national data on disparities in mortality, morbidity, behavioral risk factors, health care access, and preventive health services.

"This first of its kind analysis and reporting of recent trends is designed to spur action and accountability at the federal, tribal, state, and local levels to achieve health equity in this country," Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, CDC Director, said in a statement.

Key among the findings:

* Racial and ethnic minorities continue to experience higher rates of infant deaths. In 2006, the highest infant mortality rate was among non-Hispanic black women at 13.35/1,000 live births, com pared with the national average of 6.68 and a rate of 5.58 among non-Hispanic white women.

Rates were higher for American Indian/Alaska Native women (8. …

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