Date Published: January 30, 2007
Publisher: PLoS Medicine
Author(s): Linda Silka, Robin Toof, Dorcas Grigg-Saito
Partial Text: The article “Eight Americas: Investigating Mortality Disparities across Races, Counties, and Race-Counties in the United States”  reports on what the authors describe as racial differences in mortality. The authors analyze what they label the “eight Americas” (i.e., Asian; Northland low-income rural white; Middle America; low-income whites in Appalachia and the Mississippi Valley; Western Native American; Black Middle America; Southern low-income rural black; high-risk urban black). In contrast to other races, “Asian” is treated as a single homogenous category. Income and geographical differences are not considered. The authors point out that they have likely collapsed across differences with the “Asian” category, but they go on to report their results as if such differences are inconsequential. They are not. With regard to health disparities, such differences are particularly important.