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Health E-News March 30, 2011

Health Disparities in New York City: Report Describes Health Status for City's Five Counties

Health Department Initiatives Address Gaps in Care, Make Strides to Improve Health of All New Yorkers

Excessive DrinkingIn a report issued today, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute rank the nation's counties on various measures of health. As expected, the findings reveal deep health disparities among counties across the U.S., including those in New York state. Whether counties are ranked by "health outcomes" (rates of illness and death) or by "health factors" (characteristics that influence health), counties with large minority populations and high rates of poverty consistently rank least healthy. Among New York City's five counties (boroughs), Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island land relatively high among New York's 62 counties, while Brooklyn and the Bronx fall at or near the bottom.

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