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Hispanic health status in Orange County, Florida.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15958932     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To assess the health status of the Hispanic population of Orange County, Florida. METHODS: The methodology utilized secondary data for 66 ethnically identified indicators in a comparative framework applied for a 5-year period (1997-2001). FINDINGS: Orange County Hispanics are younger with lower per capita income than their Florida peers, less likely to be White, and much more likely to be of Puerto Rican origin. Relative to the Hispanic populations in the selected peer counties and statewide, Orange County Hispanics have higher age-adjusted death rates for a majority of disease categories and conditions, such as breast, lung, and prostate cancers; chronic liver disease and cirrhosis; diabetes mellitus; pneumonia and influenza; stroke; acquired immunodeficiency syndrome; motor vehicle accidents; and infant, neonatal, and child mortality. Orange County Hispanics did better in comparison to Orange non-Hispanics, with lower age-adjusted death rates for major causes of death such as heart disease, cancer, and stroke. However, for many indicators, the 5-year trends for Orange County Hispanics are moving in an unfavorable direction in contrast to the trends for non-Hispanics, which are either stable or improving. CONCLUSION: Comparative assessments of Hispanic populations using secondary data enable the development of a comprehensive health status profile. However, this approach is currently constrained by the limited number of ethnically identified indicators and, especially for Hispanics, problems in the accuracy and consistency of the assignment to racial categories and subsequent reporting.
James Studnicki; Donald J Berndt; Stephen L Luther; John W Fisher; Karen van Caulil; Margaret J Brennan; Yolanda G Martinez; Pete Clarke
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of public health management and practice : JPHMP     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1078-4659     ISO Abbreviation:  J Public Health Manag Pract     Publication Date:    2005 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-06-16     Completed Date:  2005-08-12     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9505213     Medline TA:  J Public Health Manag Pract     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  326-32     Citation Subset:  T    
Center for Health Outcomes Research, Health Sciences Center and College of Public Health, University of South Florida, 13201 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33612, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Age Distribution
Florida / epidemiology
Health Status Indicators*
Hispanic Americans / statistics & numerical data*
Middle Aged
Peer Group
Puerto Rico / ethnology
Socioeconomic Factors

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