ERIC Number: ED313472
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Black Health Issues in New York State: Condition, Prognosis, Prescription. Executive Summary. Preliminary Report, Health Subcommittee. The Governor's Advisory Committee for Black Affairs. Volume 1, Health.
New York Governor's Advisory Committee for Black Affairs, Albany.
This document summarizes a review of the health problems of blacks in New York. The review comprises the first volume of a study of the needs of the two million blacks in New York. The health status of blacks is examined in each of the following phases of the life cycle: (1) maternal; (2) infancy; (3) childhood; (4) adolescence; (5) adulthood; and (6) the elder years. Related issues of services, access to and availability of medical care, and affirmative action to increase the number of medical and health care professionals to serve the black community are also reviewed. The following preliminary findings are outlined: (1) the health status of blacks has improved substantially in the past 5 years, but significant disparities continue to exist between blacks and other New Yorkers; (2) there is a clear connection between poverty and poor health, with a complex interaction of socioeconomic and behavioral factors adversely affecting the health and longevity of blacks; (3) blacks of all ages are grossly overrepresented among the poor; (4) New York State has a much higher proportion of its poverty population concentrated in poverty areas than does the nation as a whole; (5) the black poor are massed in urban areas which have substandard, overcrowded housing and adverse environmental conditions; (6) black communities have reduced access to preventive health services and to acute and long-term care; and (7) living conditions appear to be connected to the disproportionately high rates of low birthweight, infant mortality, chemical dependence, lung cancer, and cardiovascular disease among blacks. Recommendations for improvement are suggested. (FMW)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York Governor's Advisory Committee for Black Affairs, Albany.
Identifiers - Location: New York