Report Shows Huge D.C. Health Disparities, Makes Recommendations

JUNE 29, 2016 - African Americans in Washington, D.C., are six times more likely than whites to die from diabetes-related complications, according to a new Georgetown report being submitted to a mayoral commission.

That sobering statistic is only one of numerous health disparities pointed out in the report, requested by Georgetown history professor Maurice Jackson, PhD, chair of the District of Columbia Commission on African American Affairs, and carried out by Christopher King, PhD, FACHE, an assistant professor of health systems administration at the university’s School of Nursing & Health Studies (NHS).

The report, which also will be submitted to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, includes the fact that African American men live 15 fewer years than their white counterparts and are three times more likely to die of prostate cancer.

African American families are also 3.5 times more likely to live below the poverty line.

Read Georgetown University story here.

Read the report here.