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Talbot County Project

In November 2008, the Talbot County Chapter of the NAACP contacted the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions for assistance with the significant health inequalities being experienced within their community. According to the Maryland Chartbook of Minority Health and Minority Health Disparities Data released in September 2007 by the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, the excess black death rate in Talbot County is the highest of any county in the state of Maryland. The following summary was compiled by HCHDS after further investigation. Since the initial contact, we have met with the NAACP Chapter to collaboratively work towards understanding this situation and finding a solution to change it.

Health Disparities in Talbot County

  • Talbot County ranks number one for excess black death rate among all Maryland counties
  • Among the leading causes of death, the medical conditions which have the largest disparity in mortality are stroke and certain types of cancer:
    • Blacks in Talbot County have a stroke mortality rate 91% higher than whites in Talbot County.
    • Blacks in Talbot County have a prostate cancer mortality rate 95% higher than whites in Talbot County.
    • Black women in Talbot County have a breast cancer mortality rate 125% higher than white women in Talbot County.
    • Blacks in Talbot County have a colorectal cancer mortality rate 301% higher than whites in Talbot County.

MORTALITY RATE

TALBOT COUNTY

CAROLINE COUNTY

MARYLAND

All-Cause

65% higher

20% higher

30% higher

Heart Disease

81% higher

16% higher

26% higher

Stroke

91% higher

16% higher

37% higher

Cancer (All)

33% higher

22% higher

21% higher

Lung and Bronchus Cancer

18% lower

3% higher

11% higher

Prostate Cancer

95% higher

353% higher

24% higher

Female Breast Cancer

125% higher

34% higher

30% higher

Colorectal Cancer

301% higher

53% higher

39% higher

Percentages can be read as: "The mortality rate among blacks is x% higher than the mortality rate among whites."

  • Based on these statistics, it is hoped that it will prompt community action that will improve the health outcomes of blacks residing in Talbot County.
  • In order to address the excess black death rate in Talbot County, a collaborative effort among community leaders will be needed to successfully make a difference.

Source of Statistics: NCHS Compressed Mortality File in CDC Wonder using data pooled from 1999-2003.