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New Research Finds Recession Has Greater Impact on Health of Parents than Children With Specific Findings on African Americans
Date:5/18/2009

Most African Americans agree that the health of the entire family is important, yet parents prioritize children's health over their own

RIDGEFIELD, Conn., May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The economic downturn is contributing to a decline in overall family health in the African American community, with parents prioritizing their children's health over their own. While half of African Americans consider it equally important for parents to take care of their own health and the health of their children, significantly more African American parents say the economic downturn has affected their own health and wellness compared to that of their children (60 percent vs. 46 percent).

In fact, African American parents are making their healthcare a lower priority overall, ranking their own healthcare fourth (four percent) on a list of top priorities -- below their children's healthcare (55 percent), housing (30 percent) and even food and groceries (8 percent). In addition, African American parents are worried about their family's overall healthcare situation. Half (51 percent) of African Americans are concerned about their ability to afford healthcare, medicines and treatment for themselves or their families. And their perspective on the future is even gloomier, with 68 percent of African American parents indicating they expect the current economic downturn to affect their own health or that of a family member.

The survey of 2,186 American adults was commissioned by Boehringer Ingelheim to evaluate Americans' views and concerns about healthcare access and included 317 African Americans.

"As a family company, Boehringer Ingelheim is committed to improving the health of patients and their families, and these survey findings underscore the importance of expanding healthcare options for every generation," said J. Martin Carroll, president and CEO, Boehringer Ingelheim. "We are committed at all levels to pa
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