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Racial health gap narrows but disparities remain significant
Modern Healthcare

The latest annual report card on the nation’s health shows there’s been progress in narrowing the gap in health disparities between blacks and whites, while Hispanics continued to have better outcomes than both.

Differences in life expectancy among blacks and whites narrowed between 1980 and 2014, according to findings from the 39th annual edition of HHS‘ assessment of the health of Americans released Wednesday.

Black men made the most significant improvement in life expectancy over the past three decades. In 1980, black men lived an average of 64 years, but by 2014, had a life expectancy of 73. White men lived an average of 6.9 years longer than black men in 1980, but by 2014, white men were living an average of 4.2 years longer.