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Apr 18, 2024

New State-by-State Report Reveals Persistent and Pervasive Racial and Ethnic Health Care Disparities Across U.S. with Stark Racial Divides in Premature Deaths

Even in High-Performing States, Report Finds Dramatic Health Disparities; Black Americans and American Indians More Likely to Die from Preventable and Treatable Conditions Than Other Groups

A new report from the Commonwealth Fund reveals that deepseated racial and ethnic disparities persist in health care access, quality, and outcomes across the nation, with a stark racial divide in premature deaths.

Advancing Racial Equity in U.S. Health Care: The Commonwealth Fund 2024 State Health Disparities Report offers a comprehensive analysis of the way health care systems are functioning for people in every state, evaluating disparities in health and health care across racial and ethnic groups, both within and between states. Part of the Commonwealth Fund’s ongoing series examining state health system performance, the report uses 25 measures to evaluate states on health care access, quality, service use, and health outcomes for Black, white, Hispanic, American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN), and Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) populations.

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Apr 18, 2024


Bethanne Fox, Vice President, Outreach and Strategy, The Commonwealth Fund

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