Study: Racial Health Gap Persists

A recent study by former Surgeon General David Satcher says health in communities of color has improved considerably over the last fifty years. But, there still exists a chasm between black and white mortality rates. According to the report, more than 83,000 African-Americans die each year as a result of pervasive inequalities in America's social, economic and healthcare systems. NPR's Ed Gordon is joined by Dr. Adewale Troutman, Director of the Louisville, Kentucky, Metro Health Department, and co-author of the report.

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