Dr. Uriyoán Colón-Ramos, assistant professor of global health at Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University (GW), was lead author on a new study that found significant differences in mortality rates between Puerto Ricans living in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico compared to those on the U.S. mainland.
Puerto Ricans in the Commonwealth suffer from much higher death rates from diabetes, kidney disease, pneumonia/influenza and homicide/assault. No one knows the cause of that high death rate, but the authors underscore the need to examine the access to services for prevention and control of diabetes in Puerto Rico. Other reports have suggested that doctors and other health professionals are leaving the island because of the recent economic crisis.
The multi-institutional study also included researchers from the Institute of Statistics of Puerto Rico, the University of Puerto Rico, as well as the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
Read more about the study, “Transnational Mortality Comparisons Between Archipelago and Mainland Puerto Ricans,” published online June 22 in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.