Did You Know? is a weekly feature from the Office 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 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-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
- 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.
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 2020.
January 13, 2017
- 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.
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.
November 20, 2015
- Genes are not the only factors that impact health. The conditions in which people live, work, and play affect a wide range of health and quality-of-life outcomes and risks.
- CDC programs partner with communities to address social factors that can influence health, such as housing, education, and transportation.
- Public health practitioners can access many resources, such as a toolkit for addressing obesity disparities, on the new Social Determinants of Health website.
May 8, 2015
- According to this month’s Vital Signs, on average, 1 in 3 Hispanics in the US don’t speak English well, which limits their ability to understand health information in English.
- Hispanics are 50% more likely to die from diabetes or liver disease than non-Hispanic whites.
- Health professionals can collaborate with promotores (community health workers) to help Hispanics get appropriate educational materials in Spanish and to learn about their specific risk factors.
December 19, 2014
- Your race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and whether you graduate from high school may influence how healthy you are—find out why.
- The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends high school completion programs for students at risk for not getting their diplomas, and for improving health equity.
- You can access helpful materials on promoting health equity through education programs and policies.
July 18, 2014
- Traffic-related air pollution is highest near major roads. In 2010, 5.0% of Hispanics, 5.4% of Asians/Pacific Islanders, and 5.1% of foreign-born persons lived within 150 meters of a major highway (vs. 3.7% of the overall US population).
- Exposure to traffic-related air pollution leads to asthma attacks and may lead to onset of childhood asthma, other respiratory symptoms, and cardiovascular disease and death.
- Improved access to alternative transportation, financial incentives to reduce traffic, diesel retrofitting, and other measures could help reduce exposure to traffic emissions.
December 13, 2013
- CDC’s new Health Disparities and Inequalities Report—United States, 2013 reveals how characteristics such as race, ethnicity, education level, geography, and disability status can affect one’s risk for disease and premature death.
- The report shows that by 2010, the preterm birth rate for black infants had declined to the lowest level ever reported (17%), but remained about 60% higher than the preterm birth rate for white and Asian/Pacific Islander infants.
- Health department staff can use the information in this report [PDF-3.7MB] to help communities eliminate disparities among groups that experience a disproportionate burden of disease, disability, and death.
April 15, 2011
April 8, 2011
- More than 400,000 teenagers aged 15 to 19 years give birth each year in the United States.
- CDC supports innovative domestic research to prevent unintended teen pregnancy.
- CDC also addresses disparities in teen pregnancy and birth rates as part of the President’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative.
January 14, 2011
- CDC released the CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report – United States, 2011 on January 13, 2011.
- A key social determinant of health, early learning opportunities create a critical foundation for children’s academic success, health, and well-being, yet not all children are benefiting equally.
- The Guide to Community Preventive Services has evidence-based recommendations for promoting health through early childhood development programs.
Did You Know? information and web links are current as of their publication date. They may become outdated over time.
- Page last reviewed: July 15, 2016
- Page last updated: June 30, 2017
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