Lewis, Rhonda K.; Green, B. Lee
June 2000
American Journal of Health Studies;2000, Vol. 16 Issue 3, p141
Academic Journal
Abstract: Health disparities continue to exist between African Americans and Caucasians. Health promotion efforts have been in place for many years in an attempt to better the health of African Americans. Despite these efforts disparities continue to exist and in some cases the gap has widened. The purpose of this paper was to use the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey data, a national random-digit dialing telephone survey to examine various self reported health behaviors among African Americans in two geographic areas. Findings indicate that efforts have not been successful in changing overall health behaviors of African Americans. By utilizing the BRFSS and other data sources health professionals can monitor the success of programs in eliminating racial and ethnic disparities and determine areas that still need attention.


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