Health - Social Characteristics Of Minority Populations That Affect Health, Self-assessment Of Health, Pregnancy And Birth

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Minority groups face particular health-care challenges in addition to those of the general population. The Office of Minority Health was created in 1985 to advocate culturally and linguistically competent services and prevention efforts for minority communities. Among their main areas of concern:

  • Infant mortality (death) rates for African-Americans and Native Americans/Alaska Natives are significantly higher than they are for whites.
  • African-American men under age sixty-five develop prostate cancer at a rate nearly twice that of white Americans.
  • Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs) have the highest rates of tuberculosis.
  • Hispanics have two to three times the rate of stomach cancer.
  • Native Americans/Alaska Natives suffer from diabetes at nearly three times the average rate, while African-Americans suffer 70 percent higher rates than whites.
  • More than 75 percent of AIDS cases among women and children occur among racial or ethnic minorities.

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