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Report Details Health Disparities in NM

The death rate of younger New Mexicans has increased by 20% over the past 12 years.

And 32 of the state’s 33 counties report shortages in healthcare professionals.

Those are two of the key findings in a report released today by the Con Alma Health Foundation in Santa Fe.

The report contains data about the overall health of the state’s population. For example, it states that substance abuse and mental disorders affect more than half a million New Mexicans.

It also details inequities in access to healthcare around the state. According to the report, Hispanic and American Indian adults in New Mexico are more than twice as likely to be without health insurance coverage as whites.

The report also contains a number of recommendations to improve health and access to healthcare in the state.

The Con Alma Health Foundation describes itself as the state’s largest private foundation solely devoted to health.

You can find key findings of the reoort at http://conalma.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/CAHF2012HER_KeyFind.pdf