African American Health Outcomes

Frequently Asked Questions

Are black Americans’ health outcomes improving?

Black Americans offer a mixed assessment of the progress that has been made improving health outcomes for Black people: 47% say health outcomes for Black people have gotten better over the past 20 years, while 31% say they’ve stayed about the same and 20% think they’ve gotten worse.

How does the Affordable Care Act affect black health outcomes?

Even with improved access to medical care under the ACA, the disparities in health outcomes between African Americans and whites are stark. African-American women are three times more likely to die of pregnancy-related causes than white women, for example, and the African-American infant mortality rate is twice the rate for white infants.

How does race affect health in the United States?

African American Health. African Americans ages 18-49 are 2 times as likely to die from heart disease than whites. African Americans ages 35-64 years are 50% more likely to have high blood pressure than whites.

What are the health risks for black Americans?

Among blacks ages 65 and older, deaths from cancer, heart disease and stroke have declined significantly since 1999, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2017. But among other age groups, health disparities for blacks persist.

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