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Health Status of Racial and Ethnic Groups in Oregon

On this Page: By Race/Ethnicity | By Health Topic | Definitions

These data provide a health profile for racial and ethnic groups in Oregon. Data shown in the tables were obtained by random telephone interviews conducted monthly throughout 1989 to 1994 as part of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

I. Data Tables: Health Risk Profile of Racial/Ethnic Groups:

The first set of tables uses 14 health indicators to describe the health of five groupings: Asians, African Americans, American Indians, Hispanics and non-Hispanic Whites. The tables contain weighted prevalence estimates and provide the baseline data needed for health planning or assessment associated with minority groups in Oregon.

1. Asians [ data]

2. African Americans [ data]

3. American Indians [ data]

4. Hispanics [ data]

5. Whites [ data]

6. All races and ethnicities combined [ data]

II. Data Tables: Comparison of Racial or Ethnic Groups in Terms of Individual Health Measures:

The second set of tables provides direct comparison between the same groups in terms of a single health indicator. Most indicators reflect medical conditions or personal behavior patterns associated with chronic diseases or unintentional injuries. The specific years in which data were collected are indicated in parentheses.

1. Percentage lacking health insurance (1991-94). [ data] [ definition]

2. Percentage unable to afford a visit to the doctor (1991-94). [ data] [ definition]

3. Subjective health status (1993-94). [ data] [ definition]

4. Percentage reporting hypertension (1989-93). [ data] [ definition]

5. Percentage reporting high cholesterol (1989-93). [ data] [ definition]

6. Percentage reporting diabetes (1989-94). [ data] [ definition]

7. Percentage classed as overweight (1989-94). [ data] [ definition]

8. Percentage reporting a sedentary lifestyle (1989-94). [ data] [ definition]

9. Current smoking status (1989-94). [ data] [ definition]

10. Percentage reporting moderate use of alcohol (1989-93). [ data] [ definition]

11. Percentage reporting acute use of alcohol (1989-93). [ data] [ definition]

12. Percentage reporting chronic use of alcohol (1989-93). [ data] [ definition]

13. Percentage who reported driving after drinking 'too much' alcohol (1989-93). [ data] [ definition]

14. Percentage who seldom or never use seatbelts (1991-93). [ data] [ definition]

III. Definitions and Questionnaire Items:

A third section contains the definitions used in data collection and constructing the tables as well as the phrasing of interview questions: Definitions and questionnaire 

BRFSS operations are managed by the Center for Health Statistics of the Oregon Health Services. All data in this system is aggregated prior to publication and strict confidentiality is maintained.
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