Racial/ethnic residential segregation and cardiovascular disease risk

Kiarri N. Kershaw*, Sandra S. Albrecht

*Corresponding author for this work

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A growing body of research has examined whether racial/ethnic residential segregation contributes to health disparities, but recent findings in the literature, particularly with respect to cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, have not been summarized. This review provides an overview of findings from studies of racial/ethnic residential segregation of non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanics with CVD risk published between January 2011 and July 2014. The majority of studies of black segregation showed higher segregation was related to higher CVD risk, although relationships were less clear for certain outcomes. Relationships among Hispanics were more mixed and appeared to vary widely by factors such as gender, country of origin, racial identity, and acculturation. Implications for research on racial/ethnic disparities in CVD and lingering gaps in the literature are discussed as well.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCurrent Cardiovascular Risk Reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2015


  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Ethnic
  • Ethnic enclave
  • Immigrant enclave
  • Racial
  • Residential segregation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Pharmacology


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