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  • Writer's pictureSalisa Westrick

Key data on racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare

Updated: Mar 29, 2023

Health disparities continue to remain a major challenge in the U.S. healthcare system. Diseases like COVID-19 negatively disproportionately impact certain groups of people including Black and Hispanic. The analysis summarizes that "Black, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) people fared worse than White people across the majority of examined measures of health and health care and social determinants of health". For example, six in ten Hispanic (62%), Black (58%), and AIAN (59%) adults went without a flu vaccine in the 2021-2022 season, compared to less than half of White adults (46%). Further, 34% of Hispanic nonelederly adults did not have a personal healthcare provider in 2021. See the details at https://www.kff.org/racial-equity-and-health-policy/report/key-data-on-health-and-health-care-by-race-and-ethnicity/


Per this report, in our state, 36% of our population are people of color. We have opportunities to help close the disparity gaps and help improve the health of Alabamians. Thank you for all that you do, everyday!

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