Infographic
July 2014

American Indian & Alaska Native Health Disparities Compared to Non-Hispanic Whites

Racial and ethnic health disparities undermine our communities and our health care system. Our infographic shows some of the more prevalent health disparities that afflict American Indians & Alaska Natives in the United States (compared to non-Hispanic whites). See our infographic series for data about other communities of color.

Full Sources

Heart Disease: Deborah L. Blackwell, Jacqueline W. Lucas, and Tainya C. Clarke, Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey 2012 (Atlanta: CDC, 2014), table 2.

Emphysema: Jeannine S. Schiller, Jacqueline W. Lucas, and Jennifer A. Peregoy, Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey 2011 (Atlanta: CDC, 2012), table 4.

Tuberculosis: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Reported Tuberculosis in the United States, 2012 (Atlanta: CDC, 2013), table 2.

Obesity: Deborah L. Blackwell, Jacqueline W. Lucas, and Tainya C. Clarke, Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey 2012 (Atlanta: CDC, 2014), table 29.

Diabetes (diagnoses): Deborah L. Blackwell, Jacqueline W. Lucas, and Tainya C. Clarke, Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey 2012 (Atlanta: CDC, 2014), table 8.

End-Stage Renal disease: U.S. Renal Data System, USRDS 2013 Annual Data Report: Atlas of Chronic Kidney Disease and End-Stage Renal Disease in the United States (Bethesda: NIH, 2013), p. 219.

Diabetes (deaths): Sherry L. Murphy, Jiaquan Xu, and Kenneth D. Kochanek, Deaths: Final Data for 2010 (Atlanta: CDC, 2013), table 16.

HIV (diagnoses): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HIV Surveillance Report: Diagnoses of HIV Infection in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2011 (Atlanta: CDC, 2013), table 1a.

HIV (deaths): Sherry L. Murphy, Jiaquan Xu, and Kenneth D. Kochanek, Deaths: Final Data for 2010 (Atlanta: CDC, 2013), table 16.

Liver Disease: Sherry L. Murphy, Jiaquan Xu, and Kenneth D. Kochanek, Deaths: Final Data for 2010 (Atlanta: CDC, 2013), table 16.

Stomach Cancer: Sherry L. Murphy, Jiaquan Xu, and Kenneth D. Kochanek, Deaths: Final Data for 2010 (Atlanta: CDC, 2013), table 16.

Depression: Deborah L. Blackwell, Jacqueline W. Lucas, and Tainya C. Clarke, Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey 2012 (Atlanta: CDC, 2014), table 14.

Infant Mortality: T.J. Matthews and Marian F. MacDorman, Infant Mortality Statistics from the 2009 Period Linked Birth/Infant Death Data Set (Atlanta: CDC, 2013), table b.

Infant Mortality (SIDS): T.J. Matthews and Marian F. MacDorman, Infant Mortality Statistics from the 2009 Period Linked Birth/Infant Death Data Set (Atlanta: CDC, 2013), table 5.

Child Obesity (preschoolers): Sarah E. Anderson and Robert C. Whitaker, “Prevalence of Obesity among U.S. Preschool Children in Different Racial and Ethnic Groups,” JAMA Pediatrics 163, no. 4 (April 6, 2009): table 2.

Child Obesity (high-schoolers): Danice K. Eaton, et al. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance – United States, 2011 (Atlanta: CDC, 2012).

High School Student Suicide Attempts: Danice K. Eaton et al. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance – United States, 2011 (Atlanta: CDC, 2012).

*This includes American Indians and Alaska Natives.