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2009 African American Data Book

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Publication Date: February 2009

Publisher(s): Missouri Foundation for Health

Topic: Health (Health services for minorities)

Keywords: Minority; Missouri; African-American; Health Disparities

Coverage: Missouri


In an effort to document health disparities for racial and ethnic groups, the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) engaged the Bureau of Health Informatics at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to assemble data on Missouri's African American population. A similar report, compiled in 2004, presented findings on health disparities between Missouri's African American and white populations based on key health indicators. The current publication provides an update to the 2004 baseline report. Where possible, the current report makes comparisons between the rates and ratios of today and those of five years ago to illustrate where progress has been made and what challenges may lie ahead.

Readers may also find a companion publication, Minority Health Disparities in Missouri: 2009 Hispanic Data Book, to be of interest. We hope these updated reports not only expand the understanding of health disparities in our state but also provide a sound basis for programs seeking to reduce health disparities in Missouri.


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