CDC report says health disparities persist in America

CDC report: health disparities persist in america

(HealthDay)—Despite progress in some areas, health disparities remain for many Americans, health officials reported Thursday. These inequalities are related to income, education, sex, race, ethnicity, employment and sexual orientation, and they all affect Americans' health and well-being, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"The purpose of the report is to highlight disparities in health that still exist in the country," Chesley Richards, M.D., M.P.H., director of the CDC's Office of Public Health Scientific Services, which produced the report, told HealthDay. "If you look at health in the country over the last 50 years, there has been a dramatic improvement in health," he said. "We have seen an increase in life expectancy in the last 20 or 30 years."

Across the 29 categories in the report there has been improvement, but many disparities persist. "For example, we have seen a decrease in tobacco use, but it's not even. In people who have lower educational status, the disparity has actually widened—not improved," Richards told HealthDay. "Although we have seen pretty dramatic improvement in health for the population overall, you really have to look at particular groups to see that there are still tremendous disparities in health outcomes."

The report is published in a Nov. 22 supplement to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a CDC publication. The report covers a variety of areas, including disparities in deaths and illness, use of health care, , environmental hazards, and social aspects of health.

More information: HealthDay Article
CDC Report

Related Stories

CDC report card: Good, bad marks on target battles

date Nov 21, 2013

Three years ago, the nation's top public health agency picked its key battles. Now, its first report card on reaching those goals gives it a grade of pretty good but needs improvement.

Race a bigger health care barrier than insurance status

date Nov 08, 2013

Race appears to be a larger factor in disparities in health care use than whether or not a person has health insurance, finds a new study in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. Blacks ...

Recommended for you

Raising a glass to the holidays

date 11 hours ago

Asking people about what they drink on holidays and other special occasions shows we drink around the equivalent of 12 million more bottles of wine a week than we previously thought in England. Previous surveys ...

Breath-holding games are killing swimmers, CDC warns

date 13 hours ago

(HealthDay)—As more adults and kids head to swimming pools, lakes and the ocean this Memorial Day weekend, U.S. health officials are warning about accidental drownings from underwater breath-holding games ...

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.