UCLA Releases Fact Sheets on Californians’ Health by Ethnicity, Race
Details of Report
The fact sheets include health statistics for five major ethnic and racial groups in California:
- American Indians/Alaska Natives;
- Caucasians; and
Data from the report were derived from the 2011-12 California Health Interview Survey and cover a range of health issues, such as insurance status and nutrition (Wulffson, Los Angeles Examiner, 6/17).
Overall, about 27% of Californians ages 18 to 64 were uninsured for all or part of the year before the survey and about 12% were enrolled in Medi-Cal, California's Medicaid program. Among the five major ethnic and racial groups:
- 24% of American Indians/Alaska Natives were uninsured and 18.5% were enrolled in Medi-Cal;
- About 20% of Asians were uninsured and about 8% were enrolled in Medi-Cal;
- About 23% of blacks were uninsured and about 22% were enrolled in Medi-Cal;
- 18% of Caucasians were uninsured and about 6% were enrolled in Medi-Cal; and
- About 39% of Latinos were uninsured and about 17% were enrolled in Medi-Cal.
While about 50% of Californians had employer-based health insurance, the study found that:
- About 42% of American Indians/Alaska Natives in the state had such coverage;
- About 60% of Asians in the state had such coverage;
- About 44% of blacks in the state had employer-based coverage;
- About 62% of Caucasians in the state had such coverage; and
- About than 40% of Latinos in the state had such coverage.
Meanwhile, more than 25% of Latinos had no usual source of health care, compared with about 18% of all California residents who lacked a usual health care source.
In addition, nearly 30% of American Indians/Alaska Natives in the state said they had delayed obtaining prescription drugs or medical care in the past year, compared with about 22% of Californians overall.
While more than 6.8 million Californians -- about 25% of the adult population -- were obese, researchers found that fewer than 10% of Asians in the state were obese, compared with more than 35% of blacks and American Indians/Alaska Natives. In addition, about 25% of Californians reported having been diagnosed with high blood pressure (UCLA fact sheet, 6/17).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.