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Summary

Low Disparities1

  • Between metropolitan2 and non-metropolitan2 areas for low birthweight
  • Between those with less than a high school education3 and some college education3 for excessive drinking
  • Between metropolitan2 and non-metropolitan2 areas for uninsured

High Disparities

  • Between those with less than a high school education2 and college graduates3 for physical inactivity
  • Between Asian/Pacific Islander2 and white3 adults for dedicated health care provider
  • Between those with less than a high school education2 and college graduates3 for poverty

[1] Low disparities within a state does not indicate that all populations are doing well. Consider rates in comparison to national averages.
[2] Rates worse than national average.
[3] Rates same or better than national average.

Highlights

  • 24% decrease in Infant Mortality in Black infants between 2003- 2006 and 2015-2018 from 15.3 to 11.6 deaths (before age 1) per 1,000 live births
  • 31% decrease among those with Less Than a High School Education in the female population between 2005-2009 and 2015-2019 from 19.8% to 13.7%
  • 29% decrease in Avoided Care Due to Cost in Black adults between 2011-2013 and 2017-2019 from 29.0% to 20.5%
  • 36% increase in Asthma in adults with some college education between 2011-2013 and 2017-2019 from 6.7% to 9.1%
  • 39% increase in Food Insecurity in white households between 2003-2007 and 2015-2019 from 9.1% to 12.6%
  • 30% increase in Diabetes in adults with less than a high school education between 2011-2013 and 2017-2019 from 18.3% to 23.7%

Trends

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Income Inequality

Income inequality measures the ratio of median household income of the 20% richest to the 20% poorest. A high ratio indicates greater income inequality. Research demonstrates an association between greater income disparity and poorer population health.
In Mississippi, income inequality has increased since 2011. Mississippi’s ratio is currently higher than the national ratio.
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