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Am J Public Health. 2000 Nov;90(11):1709-13.

Race/ethnicity and the 2000 census: implications for public health.

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  • 1National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hyattsville, MD 20782, USA. efs2@cdc.gov

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This article addresses the potential impact of the revised standards for race and ethnicity on data from the 2000 census and public health data sources, policies, and programs.

METHODS:

The authors examine the relationship between race/ethnicity and health in selected measures, identify the factors that influence race/ethnicity identification, consider past experience in race/ethnicity reporting, and explore the challenges in understanding and managing the effects of new racial/ethnic categories in various data sets.

RESULTS:

The multiple-race group seems to compose only a small percentage of the US population and may have little impact on data for single-race groups. Actual effects will vary according to a number of factors, including the size, composition, and geographic distribution of the group.

CONCLUSIONS:

More research is needed to support a thorough understanding of the reporting of multirace data and the development of techniques for analyzing these data. Given the importance of understanding the relationship between race/ethnicity and health, the ability to produce useful, comparable, and meaningful data is essential.

PMID:
11076236
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PMCID:
PMC1446389
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