Health characteristics of minority groups, United States, 1976
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      There is increasing interest in the health characteristics of the minority groups in the population of the United States, especially those of the two largest minority groups, the black population and the population of Spanish origin. Since its inception in 1957, the Division of Health Interview Statistics, by means of the Health Interview Survey (HIS), has collected race of respondents in order to present estimates of health variables by racial group. Beginning in 1976, information on respondents’ national origin or ancestry has been obtained in the IDS, pnmarily in an effort to identify persons of Spanish background. This report presents. statistics on severaI health characteristics for four population groups: the total United States civilian noninstitutionalized population,those of Spanish origin, the black population, and all others. “Spanish origin” refers to those persons aged 17 years and over who, regardless of race, were reported as being of Central or South American ancestry, Chicano, Cuban, Mexican, Mexicano, Mexican-American, Puerto Rican, or other Spanish origin. Data for children under the age of 17 are stated in accordance with the race and reported origin of their parents. (See Technical Notes.) The approximately 495,000 persons reported to be of Spanish ori­ gin and classified as black by the interviewer were counted in both of these minority categories.
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