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Racial, Ethnic Disparities Exist In Self-Rated Health Status

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"Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Self-Rated Health Status Among Adults With and Without Disabilities," Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: The report examines differences in self-rated health status by race/ethnicity and disability.

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The findings are based on an analysis of data from the 2004 through 2006 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System surveys. The analysis found that the disability prevalence was highest among American Indian/Alaska Natives, at 29.9%, and lowest among Asian-Americans, at 11.6%. The report found that 66.9% of whites without a disability rated their health as very good or excellent, compared with 49.9% of blacks without a disability.

Among adults with a disability, reports of fair or poor health ranged from 24.9% among Asians to 50.5% among American Indian/Alaska Natives and 55.2% among Hispanics. The report recommends that efforts to reduce racial/ethnic health disparities should include strategies to improve the health and well-being of those with disabilities for each racial/ethnic group (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 10/3).

Reprinted with permission from kaisernetwork.org. You can view the entire Kaiser Weekly Health Disparities Report, search the archives, and sign up for email delivery at kaisernetwork.org/email . The Kaiser Weekly Health Disparities Report is published for kaisernetwork.org, a free service of The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. © 2007 Advisory Board Company and Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.