Despite the narrowing of disparities in death rates for blacks and whites, disparities in the leading causes of deaths for blacks compared with whites persist. - From Medscape
The death rate for African Americans declined substantially from 1999 to 2015, as did the overall disparity in death rates between blacks and whites, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
During the study period, blacks saw declines in the two leading causes of death – heart disease and cancer – across all age groups.
"However, despite substantive reductions in death rates among blacks in the United States, blacks continue to have higher death rates overall, higher prevalence of many chronic health conditions, and lower prevalence of some healthy behaviors," the authors say.
During the study period, the death rate for HIV among blacks fell about 80% in 18- to 49-year-olds.
"Taken in the context of other research, the substantial differences in mortality, health behaviors, access to health care, and social factors across the life span identified in this analysis highlight the importance of a dual strategy of universal and targeted interventions to address disparities in black health," the authors conclude.