ansitional//EN"> Differences in the Health Status Among Ethnic Groups, Arizona, 1997

PURPOSE

The report Differences in the Health Status Among Ethnic Groups, Arizona, 1997 is the update* of population-level data about differences in the relative health of five ethnic groups residing in Arizona: non-Hispanic whites, Hispanics, Blacks (or African-Americans), American Indians and Asians (Asian or Pacific Islanders).

The report compares the relative standing of ethnic groups on 67 indicators, or measures of health status. The indicators are presented in a series of simple, self-explanatory bar charts and organized around 9 major subject areas:

The report also provides scores and rankings of ethnic groups on each of the 67 health status measures. The comparisons of rates and ratios, as well as scores and rankings are intended to give some sense of the inequalities in the health status among ethnic groups in our State and to stimulate viable initiatives to improve the health of all Arizonans.

DEMOGRAPHIC PROFILE OF ARIZONA'S ETHNIC DIVERSITY

In 1997, the non-Hispanic white group in Arizona made up 68 percent of the total population statewide, while racial and ethnic minority groups accounted for 32 percent.

The non-Hispanic white population increased by 52 percent from 1980 to 1997, while Arizona's minority population more than doubled from 697,000 in 1980 to 1,447,000 in 1997 (See p.105: Data Sources and Definitions, Population by Ethnic Group, Arizona Residents, 1980, 1990 and 1997). The fastest growing ethnic minority groups in Arizona between 1980 and 1997 were Asian (an increase of 264 percent), followed by Black (114 percent), Hispanic (113 percent) and American Indian (63 percent).

Compared with the non-Hispanic white majority, the ethnic minority groups have had greater percentages of people younger than 25 years (50.7 vs. 31.3 percent). In contrast, people aged 65 years and older accounted for 16.8 percent of non-Hispanic whites, but only 5.4 percent of all ethnic minority groups combined.

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*The original report Differences in the Health Status among Ethnic Groups in Arizona was published in May 1997.

Prepared and made Web-ready by Christopher K. Mrela, Ph.D., Assistant Registrar of Vital Statistics, and Jose Jimenez,M.P.H., Senior Research Data Analyst

Office of Epidemiology and Statistics
Bureau of Public Health Statistics
Arizona Department of Health Services
Phone: (602) 542-7333
FAX: (602) 542-2940

Date: 7/19/99

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