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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Persist in California

Best Wishes for a Healthy and Prosperous New Year - as we know they go hand in hand.

For those of you looking to address health disparities, here's some new data out on affected populations and conditions.

Reported in the California Healthline January 5, 2011.

OSHPD's second annual report on racial and ethnic health disparities found general improvement across most of the 16 outpatient care measures and 15 hospital inpatient measures studied between 1999 and 2007.

However, the study found that significant disparities still exist, particularly in outpatient care. The findings suggest that after patients are admitted to a hospital, health outcomes are relatively similar across racial and ethnic groups (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 1/3).

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