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An Ecosystem of Health Disparities and Minority Health Resources

Interpreting Rankings Data

A natural reaction of some readers when looking at charts that rank their state's rates is to seek explanations as to why their state has mortality rates for some causes of death than other states or than the national average. Some may be alarmed that exposure to environmental carcinogens may be responsible when in fact there are several other more likely explanations. The following points should be kept in mind when interpreting these rankings: