Despite being long documented, racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care have persisted and in some cases widened over time, with Black individuals and other groups of color faring worse compared to White individuals across many measures. These health disparities are symptoms of broader social and economic inequities that are rooted in structural and systemic barriers across sectors, including racism and discrimination.
KFF’s Racial Equity and Health Data Dashboard gathers key data documenting inequities and the factors driving them.
The flu vaccination rate generally has been increasing over time but remains below the target level, with lower rates of vaccination among Black and Hispanic individuals compared to White individuals. These gaps and racial disparities in vaccination are concentrated among adults.
Amid nationwide protests against racial bias in law enforcement and beyond, a KFF poll finds that the vast majority (71%) of Black Americans say they’ve experienced some form of racial discrimination or mistreatment during their lifetimes – including nearly half (48%) who say at one point that they felt their life was in danger because of their race.
A larger share of Black households (52%) reported loss of employment income during the COVID-19 pandemic compared to White households (41%). (SOURCE: Census.gov)
Black households were more likely than White households to report experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic (19% vs. 7%, respectively). (SOURCE: Census.gov)
Black Americans are 10 times more likely than white Americans to die by gun homicide, and 14 times more likely than White Americans to be injured in a gun assault (SOURCE: Giffords Law Center and CDC).
The Racial Equity and Health Policy Program provides timely and reliable data, information, and policy analysis on health and health care disparities affecting people of color and underserved groups and efforts to advance racial equity in health and health care.
Despite being long documented, racial and ethnic disparities in health have persisted and in some cases widened over time, with Black individuals and other groups of color faring worse compared to White individuals across many health status measures.
Data on demographics; health coverage, access, and utilization; and health status by race and ethnicity to provide greater insight into the status of health disparities and changes in disparities since implementation of the ACA.
This category includes data on demographics, health coverage, health status, and certain health conditions by race/ethnicity and gender to provide insight into health disparities and changes in disparities over time.