The Center for the Study of Inequality
Here are links to sites that discuss health disparities in Virginia:
http://www.statehealthfacts.kff.org/cgi-bin/healthfacts.cgiaction=profile&area=Virginia&category=Minority+Health - Kaiser Family Foundation report on minority health in Virginia. Click on links in left panel for data on teen births, prenatal care, infant death rate, obesity rate, AIDS case rate, etc., for each racial/ethnic category.
http://healthyamericans.org/state/disparities/index.php?StateID=VA - Trust for America's Health report on percentage of population with asthma, diabetes, obesity, cancer and heart disease for each racial/ethnic group in Virginia.
http://www.vdh.state.va.us/primcare/minority/data/data.asp - An overview of the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Office of Minority Health's 2002 Minority Health Report for the state of Virginia. Click on http://www.vdh.state.va.us/primcare/minority/pdfs/Minority%20Health%20Report%202002.pdf for the actual report in PDF format.
http://www.chcs.org/usr_doc/Tomilson_Panel_Final_.ppt#1 - Slide show presentation from the Center for Health Care Strategies with great 2001 data on various health indicators broken down by race. Includes data regarding implementation and outcomes for various community- and health care organization-based initiatives to reduce health disparities in the state.
http://www.iwpr.org/pdf/VA_R331.pdf - Fact sheet issued by the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) which includes an overview of the status of women of color in Virginia, including their health status as compared to whites in the state.
http://www.iwpr.org/States2004/PDFs/DC_VA_MD_PressReleaseIWPR.pdf - Announcement of report issued by IWPR showing that women of color in DC, Maryland, and Virginia experience greater rates of certain diseases than white women. Includes contact information if you want to order a hard copy of the state reports.
http://www.unitedhealthfoundation.org/shr2004/states/Virginia.html - 2004 edition of the United Health Foundation's (UHF) rankings of several health risk factors including prevalence of smoking, motor vehicle deaths, violent crime, lack of health insurance, per capita public health spending, etc., for the state of Virginia. Includes some statistics regarding health disparities in the state.
http://www.unitedhealthfoundation.org/shr2004/YPLL.html - UHF's 2004 data on the Years of Potential Life Lost (YPLL) before age 75 for Virginia and the other states according to race/ethnicity
http://www.unitedhealthfoundation.org/shr2004/AdequacyPrenatal.html - UHF's 2004 data on the adequacy of prenatal care by race for Virginia and the other states
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5422a1.htm - CDC report on racial/ethnic disparities in infant mortality. Includes state-specific data for Virginia.
http://188.8.131.52/ - Virginia Atlas of Community Health sponsored by the Virginia Center for Healthy Communities. Customizable maps and reports available for a broad range of community health indicators at the locality (city and county) and zip code levels. Tables can be downloaded into Excel files.
http://www.communityreportcard.org/health.htm - Southpoint Social Strategies' report on the health of the Historic Triangle (Williamsburg, James City County, and Upper York County). Includes indicators such as the percentage of the population without health insurance, causes of death, affordability of medical care, persons receiving community mental health services, residents' use of fitness and athletic activities, etc. Includes statistics regarding underserved populations.
http://www.vdh.state.va.us/commish/healthy2/index.htm - The VDH's Healthy Virginia Communities: Report #2 presents an overview of health status and health indicators for Virginia's health districts. Health indicators addressed include those related to pregnancy outcomes, chronic disease, communicable disease, and environmental health hazards. Includes data and discussions of health disparities between White and Black residents.
http://www.astho.org/pubs/nabookfull.pdf - Association of State and Territorial Health Officials' compendium of state and local models addressing racial and ethnic disparities in health. For those in Virginia, see pages 6 and 11 of the document.
http://swem.wm.edu/blogs/government-information/index.cfm - Check this page on the College of William and Mary's Swem Library website regularly for posted reports on health disparities in Virginia and the nation.