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- One in six American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) adults aged 45 years and older experiences subjective cognitive decline, the self-reported experience of worsening or more frequent confusion or memory loss.
- The number of AI/AN adults aged ≥ 65 years living with dementia is projected to increaseexternal icon fivefold by the year 2060.
- Public health and healthcare professionals can use the Road Map for Indian Country, a comprehensive guidebook, to address dementia in AI/AN communities.
- The number of people in the US with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias is expected to nearly triple by 2060—from 5 million to 14 million.
- The prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias is highest among minority populations, who are expected to have the highest population growth in the next few decades.
- Public health professionals and policy makers can explore and use customizable CDC data tools to prioritize and evaluate their public health interventions for cognitive decline.
- An estimated 1.1 million US residents were living with HIV in 2015. Learn more about rates of HIV and other diseases in CDC’s AtlasPlus tool.
- AtlasPlus also includes new data on social determinants of health (SDOH), which can be viewed alongside data on HIV, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis.
- Public health professionals can create customized tables, maps, and charts to help them gain a deeper understanding of these diseases and SDOH in their communities.
- Public housing assistanceexternal icon improves health and reduces psychological distress, but only 33 affordable and adequate public housing units were available for every 100 renters with extremely low incomes pdf icon[PDF-7.3MB]external icon during 2015.
- Adults with very low food security have increased risk for cardiovascular disease, yet in a CDC survey, 23% of respondents said they worried about having enough money to buy nutritious meals.
- Health professionals and researchers can use CDC’s social determinants of health website to find more than 250 peer-reviewed articles that connect such factors as housing and food security to health outcomes.
- Although African Americans overall are living longer, younger African Americans are living with or dying of many conditions more common at older ages.
- African Americans aged 18–49 years are twice as likely to die pdf icon[PDF-793KB] from heart disease as whites, and African Americans aged 35–64 years are 50% more likely to have high blood pressure than whites.
- Public health professionals can use proven programs to reduce disparities and barriers to create opportunities for improving health.
- About 1 in 7 US children aged 2–8 years has a mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder, such as anxiety, learning problems, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
- Kids who have these disorders and live in rural areas face personal, financial, and neighborhood challenges more often than those who live in urban areas.
- Rural children and their parents might need additional support from states, healthcare systems, and primary care providers—here’s how to help them thrive.
- Stroke can happen to anyone, but African-Americans and Hispanics face more prevention challenges and are more likely to have a stroke.
- About 1 in 3 US adults has high blood pressure. African-Americans have higher rates than do whites or Hispanics, and they tend to develop high blood pressure at an earlier age.
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death among American Indians and Alaska Natives. Use CDC’s resources to make a difference in your community.
- Americans living in rural areas are more likely to die from heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory disease, and stroke than Americans in urban areas.
- Compared with urban residents, rural residents are more likely to smoke, be overweight, and not meet physical activity recommendations.
- You can find ways to help reduce the difference between rural and urban disease risk in a special MMWR series and in Healthy People 2020external icon.
- Native Americans are twice as likely as whites to have diabetes. For 2 in 3 Native Americans with kidney failure, diabetes is the cause.
- Kidney failure from diabetes dropped 54% among Native Americans between 1996 and 2013.
- Implementing a population health and coordinated team approach to diabetes care has been shown to reduce diabetes-related kidney failure.
- Cigarette smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer, and African American men have the highest rates of lung cancer in the United States.
- Menthol cigarette smoking is highest among African Americans—a likely effect of targeted marketing by the tobacco industry.
- To learn more about tobacco-related behaviors and disparities among African Americans, read the new supplement in Nicotine & Tobacco Research.
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