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The State of Black Lives in Texas: Health

Sun, March 31, 2019
The State of Black Lives in Texas: Health
The State of Black Lives in Texas: Health Report examines socio-contextual factors that influence health outcomes and the policy solutions that can improve the health status of Black Texans.

Good health is more than the absence of disease; it includes the state of our physical, mental, and social well-being. Many interrelated factors influence health outcomes, but race remains a significant factor in determining whether an individual receives care, the quality of that care, and in predicting health outcomes. In the United States and Texas, there are marked differences in Black health outcomes compared to other racial and ethnic groups.

IUPRA’s latest State of Black Lives in Texas report examines socio-contextual factors, including structural and institutional factors, that influence health outcomes and the policy solutions that can improve the health status of the Black population. Health equity and eliminating health disparities are achievable goals, and this report provides information to motivate partners to increase efforts to achieve them. It’s the third in a series that looks at various policy issues in Texas through a racial equity lens, with the goal of influencing policymakers to improve the lives of Black people in Texas.

This report covers many of the disparate health outcomes experienced by Black Texans, the complex drivers of health inequities operating independently and concurrently, the breadth of health disparities comparable to other race/ethnicities, and crucial programmatic strategies, interventions and policy recommendations necessary for eliminating health disparities.

Read or download the report here!

 

The State of Black Lives in Texas report series examines social issues affecting the Black population in Texas and provides research and policy recommendations to address those issues. The 2018 iteration covers education, income and poverty, housing, health, and criminal justice. Want to be the first to hear when we have events and new reports in the series? Sign up for IUPRA’s newsletter: bit.ly/IUPRA-news.

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