Report Shows Improved Health Among Racial and Ethnic Minorities

Author: Matthew Neff
Date: March 15, 2002

Results from a report show significant improvements in the health of racial and ethnic minorities for 10 indicators of health, but also indicate that some important disparities in health remain among different populations, according to HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson. The report presents national trends in racial- and ethnic-specific rates for 17 health status indicators during the 1990s. All racial and ethnic groups experienced improvement in the following indicators: prenatal care; infant mortality; teen births; death rates for heart disease, homicide, motor vehicle crashes, and work-related injuries; tuberculosis case rate; syphilis case rate; and poor air quality. For five more indicators (total mortality rate, and mortality rates for stroke, lung cancer, breast cancer, and suicide) there was improvement in rates for all groups except American Indians and Alaskan natives. The percentage of children under 18 years who were living in poverty improved for all groups except for Asian and Pacific Islanders, and the percentage of low birth weight infants improved only for black non-Hispanics. The report, titled "Trends in Racial and Ethnic-Specific Rates for the Health Status Indicators: United States, 1990-1998," is part of the Healthy People 2000, a HHS-led effort to set health goals for each decade and measure progress toward these goals.

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