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CDC Releases New Health Disparities & Inequalities Report

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Health disparities are differences in health outcomes between groups that reflect social inequalities. Despite progress over the past 20 years in reducing this problem, racial/ethnic, economic and other social disparities in health still exist and need to be addressed. The CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report, 2011, is the first in a series of periodic, consolidated assessments that highlight health disparities by sex, race, ethnicity, and other social characteristics in the U.S.

The report provides analysis and reporting of the recent trends and ongoing variations in health disparities and inequalities in selected social and health indicators, both of which are important steps in encouraging actions and facilitating accountability to reduce modifiable disparities by using interventions that are effective and scalable.

The complete 116-page report may be viewed and downloaded at:

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