Since 1946, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has monitored and responded to challenges in the nation’s health, with particular focus on reducing gaps between the least and most vulnerable U.S. residents.
In large part the CDC fulfills that commitment to socioeconomic justice and shared responsibility with the release of CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities in the United States—2011, the first in a periodic series of reports examining disparities in selected social and health indicators that was just released.
Health disparities are differences in health outcomes between groups that reflect social inequalities.
Among the CDC findings for Hispanics we see that pregnancy for Hispanic girls is three times more likely than whites, occurring 77.4 percent per 1,000 Hispanic females.
The study also shows that though hypertension is most prevalent among African-Americans, Mexican-Americans have the least success in controlling the disease. This finding ties into the fact that one-third of Hispanics remain uninsured.
On the positive side, experts at the CDC says that the health disparities based on race, ethnicity, or economics can be reduced through available interventions and more access to economic, educational, employment and housing opportunities.