Report Provides Updated Information of Disparities in Kansas City, Mo.
"Minority Health Indicators 2008" (.pdf), Kansas City, Mo., Health Department: The updated report documents Kansas City's progress toward eliminating health disparities between 1991 and 2005. According to the report, the updated data provide a "mixed message." While mortality rates improved or stabilized among non-Hispanic blacks, there was little improvement when compared with non-Hispanic whites. The report also found that mortality rates among Hispanics have been narrowing and approaching that of non-Hispanic whites. The report also found no improvement in fetal mortality for non-Hispanic blacks, and although infant mortality rates improved for both non-Hispanic whites and non-Hispanic blacks, disparity ratios widened. In addition, the report indicated a significant overall increase in births to Hispanics teenagers; repeat pregnancies decreased among non-Hispanic black teenagers, but there was little improvement in the disparity ratios. The report found that a range of factors, including health insurance, access to quality care, personal decisions, behaviors and environments, affected health disparities (Kansas City, Mo., Health Department, "Minority Health Indicators 2008," June 2008).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.