According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the death rate for African Americans is on the decline, yet life expectancy for blacks is still nearly four years less than whites 6/2/17

June 02, 2017

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the death rate for African Americans is on the decline, yet life expectancy for blacks is still nearly four years less than whites. Furthermore, blacks in their 20s, 30s, and 40s are more likely to live with or die from conditions that typically occur at older ages in whites, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. One positive finding from the report is the 80 percent decline in HIV related deaths among blacks ages 18 to 49. These findings come with numerous policy and practice recommendations for public health professionals, community organizations, the federal government, and healthcare providers, which include monitoring and addressing health conditions that disproportionately affect black Americans, conducting intervention programs, and collaborating with primary care physicians.

“Despite Narrowing Gap, Racial Health Disparities Remain” http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170509mmwr-healthdispar.html

“African American Health—Creating equal opportunities for health” https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/aahealth/

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