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Minority Health Statistics

Minority Health Disparities Reports

The Pennsylvania Department of Health aims to eliminate health disparities for people of all races and ethnicities. The reports below focus on significant differences among whites, blacks, Asians/Pacific Islanders and Hispanics for the selected health topics. The reports include a list of disparate health issues for a given minority group, a brief section of data highlights and bar charts.

Adult Behavioral Health Risk Factors (PDF)
Cancer Incidence (PDF)
Hospitalization for Selected Conditions (PDF)
Maternal and Infant Health (PDF)
Mortality (PDF)
Population (PDF)
Sexually Transmitted and Infectious Diseases (PDF)

The Racial Disparities in Age-Specific Mortality Among Blacks or African Americans - Pennsylvania, 1999-2015 report, produced by the Bureau of Epidemiology, highlights some of the differences in the health behaviors and outcomes between black and white populations in Pennsylvania.

The Department's Office of Health Equity is committed to improving the health status of disparate populations.  Racial differences are not the only disparities that are addressed.  We are also focused on physical disabilities, language barriers, age-related disparities, rural disparities, and sexual orientation. 

National information is also available from the U.S. Office of Minority Health - Division of Policy and Data.