There are major disparities in the health of Kansans, depending on their race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. That is according to a new report from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Harvard Researcher Dr. David Williams (pictured)led the study, and says racial differences in the rates of stroke, obesity, and infant mortality are particularly alarming.
Williams met with officials in Topeka last week to talk about how the state can better address the situation. During a break, Williams spoke to KCUR's health reporter Elana Gordon over the phone. He said understanding how societal factors influence these health disparities is key to making improvements.
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