NHM Health Focus: NPHW - Specific Populations
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April 4-10, 2005

NHM Health Focus: National Public Health Week

Empowering Americans to Live Stronger, Longer

We encourage you to educate yourself about healthy aging and the three P's:
Prevent, Protect, and Plan to empower Americans to live stronger, longer.


Population-Specific Issues.

  • The rate of childhood Type 2 diabetes is 13 times as high among South Asian children as it is among white children. (Medical News)

  • Each day 4,400 American adolescents try their first cigarette. (CDC)

  • Almost 80 percent of adolescents in the US do not eat the recommended number of servings of fruits and vegetables. (CDC)

  • Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have higher rates of new cases of hepatitis and tuberculosis. (Healthy People 2010

  • Vietnamese American women suffer from cervical cancer at nearly five times the rate of white women. (Healthy People 2010)

  • African Americans have a 30 percent higher death rate for all cancers and are more than seven times more likely to die from HIV/AIDS. (Healthy People 2010)

  • Hispanics and Latinos are almost twice as likely to die from diabetes and have higher rates of blood pressure and obesity. (Healthy People 2010)

  • American Indians and Alaskan Natives have disproportionately high death rates from unintentional injuries and suicide. (Healthy People 2010)

  • Today, 21 percent of adult women in the U.S. smoke and lung cancer has surpassed breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths among American women. (NRC for Women and Families)

  • Currently there are anywhere from one million to 2.8 million Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual adults 65 and older in the United States.(National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute)

NHM joins the American Public Health Association (APHA) and other national and local supporters as we focus on National Public Health Week. This year's theme, Empowering Americans to Live Stronger, Longer! alerts us to the many ways we can prevent health problems by practicing healthy living , protect ourselves from disease and injury, and plan to live our lives in a way that promotes a higher quality of life.

Despite major advances in public health and medical science, there are still disparities affecting the health of racial and ethnic minority populations and other groups. Together, educators, public health professionals, and healthcare workers can work towards eliminating these disparities and enabling people from all populations to live stronger, longer.


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