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Medical Care Access - BIPOC
Black Americans are nearly 2.4 times more likely than White Americans to live in a neighborhood with limited healthcare services.
This trend exacerbates the other challenges Black patients face when interacting with the healthcare system that cumulatively produces worse treatment outcomes.
One in four Black respondents to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey in 2020 reported difficulties in finding conveniently located healthcare, and almost half reported difficulties finding healthcare they could afford.
“Safety net” hospitals in both rural areas and inner-city neighborhoods are under financial pressure, and some have closed.
The importance of healthcare access was underscored during the pandemic when Black Americans were less likely than White Americans to be successful in their attempts to get tested or vaccinated. COVID-19 deaths were also higher in neighborhoods with socioeconomic vulnerabilities.
Mental and Behavioral Health - BIPOC
In 2019, suicide was the second leading cause of death for Blacks or African Americans, ages 15 to 24.
The death rate from suicide for Black or African American men was four times greater than for African American women in 2018.
The overall suicide rate for Black or African Americans was 60 percent lower than that of the non-Hispanic White population in 2018.
Black females, grades 9-12, were 60 percent more likely to attempt suicide in 2019, as compared to non-Hispanic White females of the same age.
Poverty level affects mental health status. Black or African Americans living below the poverty level, as compared to those over twice the poverty level, are twice as likely to report serious psychological distress.
A report from the U.S. Surgeon General found that from 1980 - 1995, the suicide rate among African Americans ages 10 to 14 increased 233 percent, as compared to 120 percent of non-Hispanic Whites.
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