Racial & Ethnic Minority Populations
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, approximately 36.3 percent of the population currently belongs to a racial or ethnic minority group: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian American, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.
Though health indicators such as life expectancy and infant mortality have improved for most Americans, some minorities experience a disproportionate burden of preventable disease, death, and disability compared with non-minorities.
Compelling evidence that race & ethnicity correleate with persistent, and often increasing, health disparitites among U.S. populations demands National attention.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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