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On Health Equity Among Boys and Men of Color

Oct 1, 2018

This Report Card uses national and state-level data to compare indicators disaggregated by race/ethnicity (R/E), gender, and age. Several public data sources were utilized including the CT Department of Public Health mortality data, US census data, and CDC data. Within each indicator, we report the health disparity rate (HD) defined in this report as how many more times individuals in a R/E group experience a more harmful outcome than those in the R/E reference group. The key findings are divided into nine sections: Demographics; Income, Education, Employment and Transportation; Housing; Safety and Incarceration; Fatherhood; Health Insurance, Preventative Health Screenings and Cancer Disparities; Behavioral Health; Life Expectancy; Mortality. 



  • Compared to non-Hispanic White males, the Black/AA and Hispanic/Latino male population decreases as age increases.
  • There is a difference in self-rated health status by Race/Ethnicity and geographic areas in CT. In residential areas where there is a higher percentage of racial and ethnic minorities, male residents report poorer self-rated health status.
  • In 2016, men of color in CT were unemployed at twice the rate of non-Hispanic White men.
  • 40.6% of individuals experiencing homelessness were Black/AAs.
  • From 2007 to 2011, nearly 7 times more Black/AA males than non-Hispanic White males in the nation were in custody. In CT, Black/AAs are nine times more likely than non-Hispanic White residents to be both victims and perpetrators of murder.
  • State level reports affirm that fathers in CT are highly involved and place significant importance on fulfilling their parental roles. However, fathers in CT also report persistent structural barriers to engagement including: finding employment, gaining support groups, trust in services, being able to see their children more often, and job training and education attainment.