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Advancing Health Equity

Inequities in Health and Health Care in Black and Latinx/Hispanic Communities: 23 Charts

People wear face masks as they walk at a shopping district in Miami Beach, Florida.

People wear face masks as they walk at a shopping district in Miami Beach, Florida, on February 3, 2021. Financial barriers to health care are higher for Black and Latinx/Hispanic adults than for white adults in states that have not expanded Medicaid, including Florida. Photo: Chandan Khanna/Getty Images

People wear face masks as they walk at a shopping district in Miami Beach, Florida, on February 3, 2021. Financial barriers to health care are higher for Black and Latinx/Hispanic adults than for white adults in states that have not expanded Medicaid, including Florida. Photo: Chandan Khanna/Getty Images

COVID-19 has devastated Black and Latinx/Hispanic communities in the United States during the past year, erasing recent life expectancy gains and reinforcing racism as a potent, structural driver of health and human inequity.

The health disparities contributing to this burden are long-standing. They reach well beyond the pandemic and have left many communities of color with historically worse outcomes. This chartbook details inequities between white, Black, and Latinx/Hispanic communities across a range of health indicators in four main areas:

  • insurance coverage and access to care
  • receipt of health services
  • health status
  • mortality.

Explore the chartbook

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Jesse C. Baumgartner, Research Associate, Health Care Coverage and Access & Tracking Health System Performance, The Commonwealth Fund

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Jesse C. Baumgartner et al., Inequities in Health and Health Care in Black and Latinx/Hispanic Communities: 23 Charts (Commonwealth Fund, June 2021). https://doi.org/10.26099/apmm-x541