What is killing African Americans? – The Buffalo News

By Larry Zielinski

Rod Watson’s article in the March 31st edition of the Buffalo News highlighted the many areas where the African-American community is still striving to “overcome,” as we remember the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr.  One of the most crucial is in health care, where the disparities between white and black America are striking and alarming.

According to the CDC, a black boy born today can expect to live 5 years less than a white baby boy. A 2012 Health Affairs study overlaid educational differences to race and came up with this startling conclusion:  white men who have completed college can expect to live 14 years longer than black men who have not completed high school. The gap is 10 years among white and black women. The authors concluded…

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