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An urgent task: reducing health disparities
For the first time in history, slightly more than half of newborn Americans are people of color. It is projected that by 2050, the majority of Americans will be from minority populations. This demographic shift has serious implications on a myriad of fronts, especially for the nation's overall health. The unfortunate truth is that nonwhite populations as a whole live sicker and die younger than their white counterparts. And black populations tend to be among the sickest.
By Thomas LaVeist and Daniel L. Howard
July 5, 2012