This is a longer article on the subject of poorer health outcomes for minorities, covering the situation for black women and one family's experience, which is very much worth reading, but here are the key points:
* A black woman is 22% more likely to die from heart disease than a white woman
* ...71 percent more likely to perish from cervical cancer
* ...243 percent more likely to die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes
* Black women are more likely to be uninsured outside of pregnancy, when Medicaid kicks in, and thus more likely to start prenatal care later and to lose coverage in the postpartum period.
* The hospitals where they give birth are often the products of historical segregation, lower in quality than those where white mothers deliver, with significantly higher rates of life-threatening complications.
* [Black women] are more likely to have chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension that make having a baby more dangerous.
* Black expectant and new mothers frequently told us that doctors and nurses didn’t take their pain seriously [...] numerous studies that show pain is often undertreated in black patients for conditions from appendicitis to cancer.
* An expanding field of research shows that the stress of being a black woman in American society can take a significant physical toll during pregnancy and childbirth.
* Black women are 49 percent more likely than whites to deliver prematurely (and, closely related, black infants are twice as likely as white babies to die before their first birthday).
"Not only do minorities get asthma at a higher rate, but [UCSF] pulmonologist Dr. Esteban Burchard ... has found that ethnicity is the most important factor in determining if a patient will respond to asthma therapy. Unfortunately, for the most most commonly prescribed asthma medication, Albuterol, 67 percent of Puerto Ricans and 47 percent of African-Americans show no improvement when taking it, yet Albuterol works therapeutically for the vast majority of Caucasian patients."
I did not know that. It's horrifying.
I'm the founder of HDP Health, if you have any questions or want clarifications please ask away!
> With more than 50 percent of the population estimated to be a minority by 2044
"Hi, I'm Brian Clark and I don't know what 'minority' means"