Disparities in Health of NYC Latino Populations

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Disparities in Health of NYC Latino Populations

Latinos, who make up nearly a third of the New York City population, tend to have better health outcomes compared with other city residents, according to a new report released Wednesday from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Researchers found that despite having fewer economic, social and health-care opportunities than other of the city’s roughly 8.5 million residents, Latinos overall have a lower premature mortality rate than non-Latinos. Within the top leading causes of death—heart disease, cancer and flu—Latinos, as a whole, have lower death rates.

The city periodically issues reports examining different population groups to help set health priorities. This is the first look at the city’s roughly 2.4 million Latino residents, who comprise at least 20 different heritage groups including Puerto Ricans, Dominicans and Mexicans. . .

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