The United Health Foundation released the inaugural America’s Health Rankings Health Disparities Report, which highlights the constant and changing contours of disparities across race and ethnicity, education, gender and geography across the country. This unique report paints a comprehensive portrait of health inequities by focusing on 30 measures of health as well as on several subpopulation groups.

Here in Nevada, the 2021 Health Disparities Report finds:

  • A 64% increase in food insecurity in households headed by an adult with a high school education between 2003-2007 and 2015-2019 from 9.8% to 16.1%.
  • A 28% decrease in unemployment in civilians living in non-metropolitan areas between 2005-2009 and 2015-2019 from 8.0% to 5.8%.
  • A 13% increase in low birthweight in Hispanic infants between 2003-2006 and 2016-2019 from 6.7% to 7.6%.
  • A 28% decrease in infant mortality in African American infants between 2003-2006 and 2015-2018 from 13.4 to 9.6 deaths (before age 1), per 1,000 live births.

Additionally, Nevada saw an increase in income equality since 2011, although the ratio is still lower than the national ratio. Other health disparities that are identified in the report include: a major decrease in avoiding care due to cost for African American adults, and an increase in physical inactivity in Hispanic adults.

Click on this link to read the complete: 2021 Health Disparities State Summaries.