Study Finds Major Health Disparities Among Missouri Minorities

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A new study by the Missouri Foundation For Health takes a look at some common health disparities among minorities in the state of Missouri.

“For infant mortality we see African-Americans [are] four or five times more likely to have an infant death compared to the white population so that would be an example of the health disparity in Missouri,” Foundation For Health spokesman Ryan Barker said.

The gonorrhea rate is more than 26 times higher in African-Americans in Missouri than whites. Firearms assaults are nearly 35 times higher.

For Hispanic Missourians, diabetes and high cholesterol are much higher. Hispanics are twice as likely to not receive adequate prenatal care compared to whites in the state.

Barker says many of these health disparities can be linked directly to socio-economic causes.

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