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Study Highlights Disparity of Health Issues

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Rochester: Study Highlights Disparity of Health Issues
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A report by the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency found those living in some of Rochester's poorest neighborhoods are more likely to have health issues that lead to premature death.

The agency partnered with the African American and Latino Health Coalitions in conducting this report. It found poverty is a leading contributor to declining health, especially among African Americans and Latinos.

For people living in impoverished neighborhoods, keeping their blood pressure under control and getting treatment for other ailments are not a top priority.

"Until we can actually tackle some of the issues around poverty, it's hard to make it a priority. If you can't feed your family, you can't really think about healthier foods. You just want food so, we've got to tackle some of these harder issues, some of the social determinants of health because this isn't an isolated thing," said Candice Lucas, African American Health Coalition.

The report found homicide to be the leading contributor to premature death among young African-American and Latino males. It also discovered Latinos experience a higher rate of mental health issues than any other racial or ethnic group.

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