Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Colorado 2015 Health Report Card reveals disparities

The 2015 Colorado Health Report Card reveals high grades for the health of Coloradans over 18 when compared to other states, but shows a significant need for improvement when it comes to the mental and physical health of Colorado’s children. Moreover, the Health Report Card’s data shines a light on disparities in the physical and mental health of Coloradans across race, ethnic and economic status.
The Colorado Health Foundation, in partnership with the Colorado Health Institute, released the ninth annual Health Report Card Feb. 5. The Health Report Card ranks Colorado with other states among 38 health indicators that span five life stages. This year’s Health Report Card also features “deep dive” workbooks focused on specific health indicators.
The Health Report Card shows significant disparities in the health of Colorado's residents. Colorado’s black infant mortality rate is two times that of white infants; the rate of Hispanic women not receiving prenatal care after the first trimester sits at 21 percent compared to 13 percent of non-Hispanic mothers; and the 21.6 percent of children living in low-income families are less likely to have a medical home, preventive dental care or participate in physical activity than kids in higher income families.
Adults and older adults living on low wages also see worse health outcomes when compared to higher wage earners. While only 15 percent of seniors with an annual income of $75,000 or more report poor health, the percentage quickly increases through the income brackets. Of those seniors making $10,000 or less, 43.6 percent report poor health. Furthermore, 29.2 percent of adults living at the lowest-income levels are obese, seven percent above the state average.
To learn more, go to the Colorado Health Foundation.

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