Self-reported segregation experience throughout the life course and its association with adequate health literacy

Melody S. Goodman, Darrell J. Gaskin, Xuemei Si, Jewel D. Stafford, Christina Lachance, Kimberly A. Kaphingst

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Residential segregation has been shown to be associated with health outcomes and health care utilization. We examined the association between racial composition of five physical environments throughout the life course and adequate health literacy among 836 community health center patients in Suffolk County, NY. Respondents who attended a mostly White junior high school or currently lived in a mostly White neighborhood were more likely to have adequate health literacy compared to those educated or living in predominantly minority or diverse environments. This association was independent of the respondent's race, ethnicity, age, education, and country of birth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1115-1121
Number of pages7
JournalHealth and Place
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2012



  • Community health center
  • Health literacy
  • Racial composition
  • Residential segregation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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