HCFA Paper 3 - Jackie Vereb Health Care For All 11/19/05...

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Jackie Vereb Health Care For All 11/19/05 Writing Assignment D Over the years, racial inequality in the health care and medical fields has become a major issue in the United States. Many studies have proven that blacks in the United States are at a disadvantage. After reading the articles in our course textbook, there were two health status differences between blacks and whites that I felt stood out. The first health status difference that stood out to me was black infant mortality rate. In Massachusetts, black infants are three times more likely to die than white infants. In other words, out of every 1,000 black infants, 12.7 of them die compared with 4.1 of every 1,000 white infants (Boston Globe: “Report examines black infant mortality”). Black babies are more likely to be born underweight and more likely to die in their first year (Boston Globe : “Health gap still exists between races”). These numbers have a huge gap. In my opinion, I believe that these differences are due mainly from poverty. Pregnant black women who have little money probably do not have health care, and therefore will probably not receive prenatal care. Also, poor black women who do not
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This note was uploaded on 06/15/2008 for the course PUBHLTH 129 taught by Professor Forget during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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HCFA Paper 3 - Jackie Vereb Health Care For All 11/19/05...

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