Health Disparities Among Children in Iowa: Results from the 2010 Iowa Child and Family Household Health Survey

Damiano, P.C.; Park, K.; Robinson, E.


Studies consistently find significant racial and ethnic disparities in health status and utilization of health care among racial and ethnic minorities. Information specific to health disparities among child populations in Iowa can help provide state policymakers with the necessary background information in order to make evidence-based changes that can affect the health and well-being for children and families in Iowa.

This report presents the results of an evaluation of the disparities in the health status and health care use of racial and ethnic minority children in Iowa. This is the seventh in a series of reports presenting results from the 2010 Iowa Child and Family Household Health Survey (IHHS), conducted in the fall of 2010 through the spring of 2011. In this report we present information collected for children in four different racial/ethnic groups: African-American (non-Hispanic), Hispanic/Latino (all races), Asian and Pacific Islander (non-Hispanic), and White (non-Hispanic). This is the first time that we included the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) as one of the racial groups in the analysis of health disparities in Iowa.