New Report Provides Health Data and
Resources for Maryland’s
American Indian and Alaska Native
Data are latest in series highlighting state’s
racial and ethnic minority groups
Baltimore, MD (July 24, 2013) — The
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) has released a new
Indians and Alaska Natives in Maryland: Health Data and Resources,” the third
in a series to raise awareness of health conditions and provide educational
resources for minority populations in the state.
According to the U.S. Census
Bureau, in 2010 there were 20,420 persons in Maryland who reported American
Indian or Alaska Native as their only race, which comprised 0.4 percent of the
State’s population (an increase of 32 percent from 2000). There were 58,657
Marylanders who reported American Indian or Alaska Native as some part of their
racial heritage (1.0 percent of the State’s population in 2010, an increase of
49 percent from 2000).
Data highlights from the report reveal
troubling disparities in health and health care for American Indians and Alaska
Natives in Maryland:
· American Indian or Alaska Natives in Maryland
were less likely to have private health insurance, more likely to have public
health insurance, and more likely to be without any health insurance, compared
to all Marylanders.
HIV incidence rate for Non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Natives was twice that
of the Non-Hispanic Whites in Maryland.
Indians 75 years old or older had the highest incidence of End Stage Renal
Disease across all racial groups in Maryland.
Indians’ infant mortality rate was about twice that of the Whites in Maryland
for the years 2006-2010 combined.
percentage of low birth weight infants was 1.4 times higher for American
Indian or Alaska Native than
for Whites in Maryland for the years 2010-2011 combined.
“A critical step towards addressing health
disparities is understanding them," said Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein,
Secretary of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. "This knowledge
helps us to better support effective community health efforts."
The Department recently released reports
on Maryland’s Hispanic population and the Asian and Pacific Islander
“We are pleased to release these
reports to provide greater information on the racial and ethnic groups in the state,"
said Dr. Carlessia Hussein, Director of the Office of Minority Health and
Health Disparities. "Work is
underway to develop and release a report on African
American health data and resources."
For information about the work of
the DHMH Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, visit http://dhmh.maryland.gov/mhhd. To
read and download these new data reports, visit http://dhmh.maryland.gov/mhhd/SitePages/Health%20Equity%20Data.aspx.
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