Data Shows Caribbean and African Residents Have Fewer Health Issues than American Blacks

A data brief published this week by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Center for Health Equality examined the health of Blacks in New York City by country of birth and had some interesting findings.

US-Born Blacks were found to have a higher rate of smoking (22%), alcohol consumption (53%), high blood pressure (38%), diabetes (13%), asthma (17%), and obesity (36%) than Blacks born in the Caribbean or other regions.

A statement from Public Health Solutions Board Member and NYCDOHMH Commissioner Mary Bassett noted that the study showed that “communities of color are not monolithic.” She went on to say that “it is sobering that immigrants of African descent on average have better health and fewer risk factors than the native-born.”

Studies like this one provide the City with a blueprint on inequities between communities and how they can be better addressed through policy and programs.

To read the brief in full, please click here