CDC Reports African American Health Improves but Disparities Remain

CDC Reports African American Health Improves but Disparities Remain

Thursday, May 11, 2017
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National data show continued declines in African American death rates. CDC’s monthly report Vital Signs reports a decline in the death rate for African Americans of about 25% over 17 years.

Despite the improvements, analysis shows that younger African Americans are living with or dying of many conditions typically found in white Americans at older ages. Compared to whites, African Americans ages 18-49 were two times as likely to die from heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

See the findings in Vital Signs: Racial Disparities in Age-Specific Mortality Among Blacks or African Americans — United States, 1999–2015 by Timothy J. Cunningham, ScD; Janet B. Croft, PhD; Yong Liu, MD; Hua Lu, MS; Paul I. Eke, PhD; Wayne H. Giles, MD.

African American Death Rates