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average for obesity for the same age group of men is 26%, and 31.7% for females (CDC, 2016). One of the leading causes of death among African Americans is homicide. A lead epidemiologist for the CDC stated “Homicide is the seventh highest cause of death among
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HEALTH STATUS OF AFRICAN AMERICANS 3 blacks… It remains the leading cause of death in blacks ages 18 to 34 and the third leading cause of death in those age 35 to 49” (Welch, 2017, para. 9-10). Health Disparities Education and socioeconomic status among African Americans play a significant role in the health of this minority group. This includes poverty, lack of education, discrimination, community conditions and lack of resources, behaviors, and lower quality medical services (CDC, 2016). In 2014, the CDC reported that 26.2% of African Americans were below the poverty level, compared to the national average of 14.8% (CDC, 2014). Statistics show that men and women with college degrees have a lower obesity prevalence compared to those with less education (CDC, 2016). Furthermore, obesity prevalence was lower in the highest income groups for men and women. Minority groups are less likely to be covered by insurance, including African Americans. Approximately 14% of African Americans under the age of 65 years old were uninsured in a 2016 CDC report (CDC, 2016). Without proper health insurance African American being less likely to seek medical treatment, which can lead to poor health outcomes. Discrimination among the African American population contributes to health care barriers. The subtlest prejudice can affect medical mistrust and poor communication between a patient and a medical provider. Discrimination perception is linked to lower medication compliance and a loss of trust amongst health care providers (Cuevas, 2013). African Americans are more likely to experience race discordance over other minority groups. It is reported that African Americans are more satisfied and feel that they receive better care when their health care providers are of the same race (Cuevas, 2013).
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