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Invited Commentary
Public Health
February 12, 2020

A Commentary on the Latin American Paradox

Author Affiliations
  • 1College of Global Public Health, New York University, New York
  • 2Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, New York
  • 3Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, City University of New York, New York
JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3(2):e1921165. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.21165

Using World Health Organization data for 2001 and 2015, Chen et al1 analyzed all premature deaths (defined as those occurring in individuals aged 20-64 years) among US Latino, African American, and white populations and Puerto Rican and 12 other Latin American populations. Their major findings were that US Latina women had the lowest premature mortality rate of all populations studied and that mortality among US Latino men was lower than that among all populations except for Peruvian individuals. Their other significant finding—specifically, that US Latino populations have lower mortality rates than US white populations—adds to the literature documenting the Latino mortality paradox.

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