Healthcare disparities

Kylee Taylor and Jordan Reed

We are interested in highlighting the racial disparities in healthcare among minority groups in the US. We have pulled data from data.gov and gis.cdc.gov in order to investigate any disparities with COVID, diabetes, and hospitals. In the United States, the health status and health care quality of minority groups-African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, and Asians-Have never equaled or remotely come close to that of white Americans. While the health of all American racial and ethnic groups has improved, the life expectancy of people of color has decreased and illness diagnosis’ have increased.



In this visualization we are looking at overall leading causes of death in the United States to highlight if COVID-19 was as significant as the media makes it seem.


For this visualization we are investigating which are or ethnicity group is typically diagnosed with illnesses, specifically diabetes, at the highest rate.


With these visualizations we are trying to figure out how the relation different hospital ratings and average income in different U.S. counties highlight health disparities regarding social economic status.

In this project we can conclude that people who live in urban areas are not guaranteed better access to health care, particularly those who live in low-income neighborhoods. Poverty and low-income status are associated with a variety of adverse health outcomes, including shorter life expectancy, higher rates of infant mortality, and higher death rates for the 13 leading causes of death listed in our bar chart. These areas are particularly home to many minority groups who are in the greatest need for healthcare. In our line chart, we are shown that minorities, specifically Black and Hispanic people, are more likely to be diagnosed with health problems even though they are the in the groups that have little to no access to quality healthcare. These findings expose the racism and discrimination against poorer minority groups in healthcare. In addressing these disparities we hope to encourage the findings of different strategies and actions that build on helping these poorer communities receive the healthcare that they are in need of.