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Asthma and American Indians/Alaska Natives

  • In 2011, 279,000 American Indian/Native American adults reported that they currently have asthma.
  • American Indian/Alaska Native adults are 70% more likely to have asthma as non-Hispanic Whites
  • Data on asthma conditions for American Indian/Alaska Natives is limited.

At a glance - Diagnosed:

Percentage of asthma among persons 18 years of age and over, ever being told they had asthma, 2011

American Indian/Alaska Native

Non-Hispanic White

American Indian/Alaska Native
Non-Hispanic White Ratio

19.8

12.9

1.5

Source:  CDC 2012. Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: 2011. Table 4.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_256.pdf [PDF | 3.12MB]

Percent of current asthma prevalence, 2011

American Indian/Alaska Native

Non-Hispanic White

American Indian/Alaska Native
Non-Hispanic White Ratio

14.3

8.3

1.7

Source:  CDC 2012. Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: 2011. Table 4
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_256.pdf [PDF | 3.12MB]

Percentage of adults 18 years of age and over with asthma, 2004-2008

American Indian/Alaska Native

Non-Hispanic White

American Indian/Alaska Native
Non-Hispanic White Ratio

14.2

11.6

1.2

Source:  CDC 2010. Health characteristics of the American Indian or Alaska Native adult population:
United States, 2004-2008, Table 4.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr020.pdf [PDF | 304.26KB]

At a glance - Death Rate:

Deaths per 100,000, with asthma as the underlying cause, National Vital Statistics System, 2010

American Indian/Alaska Native

Non-Hispanic White

American Indian/Alaska Native
Non-Hispanic White Ratio

0.8

0.9

0.9

Source:  CDC 2013. Deaths: Final Data for 2010. Table 16 and Table 17.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr61/nvsr61_04.pdf [PDF | 3.47MB]

At a Glance - Treatment:

The most recent National Health Interview Survey does not include data for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

At a Glance - Children:

Age-adjusted percentages for children under 18 years of age, ever being told they had asthma, 2011

American Indian/Alaska Native

Non-Hispanic White

American Indian/Alaska Native
Non-Hispanic White Ratio

14.8

12.3

1.2

Source: CDC, 2012. Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2011. Table 1.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_254.pdf [PDF |1.34MB]

Age-adjusted percentages for children under 18 years of age, who currently have asthma, 2011

American Indian/Alaska Native

Non-Hispanic White

American Indian/Alaska Native
Non-Hispanic White Ratio

7.8*

7.8

1.0

Source: CDC, 2012. Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2011. Table 1.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_254.pdf [PDF |1.34MB]

Asthma prevalence among children 0-17 years of age, 2003-2005

American Indian/Alaska Native

Non-Hispanic White

American Indian/Alaska Native
Non-Hispanic White Ratio

9.9

8.0

1.2

Source:  CDC 2006. The State of Childhood Asthma, United States, 1980-2005. Table B.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ad/ad381.pdf [PDF | 365KB]

* Estimates are considered unreliable. Data shown have a relative standard error of greater than 30%.


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