In honor of MLK day, health care disparities merit mention.

The National Institutes of Health have several good webpages with different analyses of what health disparities are and in what instances they exist in the U.S.

Health disparities are gaps in the quality of health and health care that occur linked to socioeconomic status, racial and ethnic background, and education level.

As but one example, in Tulsa County, Okla., if you’re born in a north Tulsa neighborhood (see the dark zip codes below), on average you’ll liveĀ fourteen years less than you would if born further to the south.

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When I’m reminded of this fact, it shocks me that we live in 21st century America. Then I realize that this occurs in many more places. Something to think about as we enjoy our day off.