Thursday, October 23, 2008

Minorities with Disabilities Have Worse Health Than Whites


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A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that while 1 in 5 Americans lives with a disability, black, Hispanic and Native American people with disabilities have disproportionately worse health than Caucasian and Asian Americans with disabilities.

Minorities with Disabilities Report Poorer Health

Overall, adults with a disability were less likely to report excellent or very good health (27.2 percent vs. 60.2 percent), and were more likely to report being in fair or poor health (40.3 percent vs. 9.9 percent), when compared to people without a disability, according to the report.

Reports of fair or poor health among disabled adults were more common among Hispanics and American Indians/Alaskan Natives (55.2 percent and 50.5 percent, respectively) and least common among Asians (about 25 percent).

The CDC called for development of specific strategies to reduce these racial disparities and improve the health of people within each group.

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