Health Disparities

Did You Know?


Did You Know? is a feature from the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!

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May 24, 2019
October 5, 2018
  • 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.
July 13, 2018
  • 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.
March 30, 2018
May 5, 2017
  • 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.
April 28, 2017
  • 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.

April 14, 2017

February 17, 2017
  • 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.

January 13, 2017

July 15, 2016
  • 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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Page last reviewed: July 15, 2016