Report focusing on Black Alaskans’ health describes challenges that create disparities

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A new report examines the health status of Black Alaskans, summarizing disparities that create chronic problems for a demographic that comprises 3.4% of the state population, as well as some positive trends that safeguard health.

The report, which combines survey results with official state data, was prepared for the Alaska Black Caucus, a nonprofit working to advance the quality of education, economic, and political status of Black people in Alaska.

The Black Alaskans Health Status Report is a groundbreaking document, said Celeste Hodge Growden, president and CEO of the Alaska Black Caucus.

“No longer are we lumped into other categories or standing by and looking at other assessments that don’t really

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