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Topics in Minority Health Introduction

This issue of the MMWR introduces a new series, "Topics in Minority Health". The series was prompted by a recommendation in the Report of the Secretary's Task Force on Black and Minority Health, which was released by the Department of Health and Human Services on October 16, 1985 (1,2). This report presented findings of a study of the major causes of health problems and death among certain minority groups in the U.S. population. It also called for an effort to disseminate information concerning these health problems and approaches to their prevention. Articles in this series will appear periodically and will emphasize the six causes of death identified by the task force as accounting for more than 80% of excess mortality in U.S. minority populations--cancer, cardiovascular disease and stroke, chemical dependency, diabetes, homicide and unintentional injuries, and infant mortality--as well as certain communicable diseases, as appropriate.

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