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Racial, Ethnic Disparities In Rates Of Prenatal Care, Teen Births

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Prenatal Care, Teen Births

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The New Mexico Department of Healthon Monday released a report that found racial and ethnic healthdisparities in prenatal care, teenage birth rates and alcohol-relateddeaths, the AP/Las Cruces Sun-Newsreports. According to the report, the rate of women in the state who gowithout prenatal care or receive it late is higher than the nationalaverage.

American Indians in the state are particularly likely toeither receive late or no prenatal care, according to the report. Inaddition, the state's teen birth rate is 60% higher than the nationalrate; the alcohol-related death rate is 70% higher than the nationalrate; and more than 50% of whites and Hispanics in the state withdiabetes do not receive needed care.

The Health Departmentattributed the disparities to lack of access to health care, as well asgenetics, poverty, environmental conditions, occupations, languagebarriers, social and cultural factors, and discrimination (AP/Las Cruces Sun-News, 11/5).

Reprinted with permission from kaisernetwork.org. You can view theentire Kaiser WeeklyHealth Disparities Report,search the archives, and sign up for email delivery at kaisernetwork.org/email. The Kaiser Weekly HealthDisparities Report is published for kaisernetwork.org, a free service of TheHenry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.