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Johns Hopkins: Place Could Impact Health Disparities More than Race

African American and White men who live in racially integrated communities and who have comparable incomes have far fewer differences when it comes to behaviors that contribute to poor health — such as physical inactivity, smoking and drinking — compared to African American and white men overall in the U.S., according to a new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The researchers say their findings, published in the October/December 2015 issue of the journal Family & Community Health, indicate that differences in social and living environments may help to explain racial disparities that exist nationally for habits and lifestyle choices that play a key role in the health of U.S. men.

“Understanding racial differences in behaviors that affect men’s health is an important step toward reducing health disparities among U.S. men,” says study lead author Dr. Roland J. Thorpe Jr., an assistant professor in the department of health, behavior and society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and director of the Program for Men’s Health Research at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions. “But it’s critical that we move beyond making these comparisons solely based on national-level data in order to consider the role of confounding factors such as socio-economic status and segregated living environments.”

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