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Health Disparities & Risk Behaviors

Strengthening Preventive Care to Better Address Multiple Health Risks Among Adolescents
Presentations by Harriette B. Fox, Margaret A. McManus, Susan K. Maloney, Angela Diaz, and Anne Morris, November 2010
This report summarizes the presentations at the Adolescent Preventive Services Institute at the American College of Preventive Medicine 2010 Annual Meeting. It reports on the prevalence and co-occurrence of teen risk behaviors, the underutilization of clinical preventive services for adolescents, and barriers to the delivery of preventive care. The report also presents evidence-informed strategies for improving clinical and community prevention and includes a description of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center as an innovative primary care model.

Significant Multiple Risk Behaviors Among U.S. High School Students
by Harriette B. Fox, Margaret A. McManus, and Katherine N. Arnold, March 2010
Based on an original analysis of the 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, this fact sheet provides national information on multiple health risk behaviors among high school students. It examines 12 types of significant health risk behaviors that include unsafe sexual behaviors, unhealthy eating and exercise patterns, mental health and substance use problems, and behaviors that contribute to violence. It reports on the prevalence and co-occurrence of these health risk behaviors and also differences by gender, race and ethnicity, and grade level. Implications for preventive interventions are also discussed.

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Adolescent Health and Access to Care
by Harriette B. Fox, Margaret A. McManus, Matthew Zarit, Gerry Fairbrother, Amy E.Cassedy, Christina D. Bethell, and Debra Read, January 2007
Based on data from the National Health Interview Survey and the National Survey of Children's Health, this fact sheet examines racial and ethnic differences among Hispanic, Black, and White adolescents ages 12 through 17 for 12 indicators pertaining to health and risk status, access to care, service utilization, and unmet needs. It also examines the influence of income, insurance, mother's or household education, and primary household language on these differences.

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health and Access to Care Among Older Adolescents
by Harriette B. Fox, Margaret A. McManus, Matthew Zarit, Amy E. Cassedy, and Gerry Fairbrother, January 2007
This fact sheet uses data from the National Health Interview Survey to examine disparities in health status, access, and service use among Hispanic, Black, and White adolescents ages 18 through 21 and the influence of income, insurance, and mother's education on these disparities.


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