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Individual Health Status and Racial Minority Concentration in US States and Counties

Mellor, Jennifer M. and Milyo, Jeffrey D. (2004) Individual Health Status and Racial Minority Concentration in US States and Counties. American Journal of Public Health, 94 (6). pp. 1043-1048. ISSN 0090-0036

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Objectives. We examined whether the positive association between mortality rates and racial minority concentration documented in ecological studies would be found for health status after control for race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and region of residence. Methods. We estimated least squares and probit models using aggregate and individual health status data from the 1995, 1997, and 1999 versions of the Current Population Survey merged with data from the US Bureau of the Census regarding state- and county level racial minority concentration. Results. Except in the case of older Whites, racial minority concentration was not associated with health status after control for individual characteristics and fixed regional factors. Conclusions. Racial minority concentration may not be a determinant of individual health; differential migration patterns may explain the anomalous result for older Whites.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: mortality rates; racial minority concentration; socioeconomic status
Subjects: Health > Health Equity
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Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2011 10:31
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/1011

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