Briefs and Reports

Health Equity in Connecticut 2023

Health Equity in Connecticut 2023, released by DataHaven, provides accessible data and information on topics including health care costs, barriers to care, health risks, birth outcomes, and mortality, as well as a special focus on gun-related deaths. The data is drawn from statewide and national mortality records, the DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey of randomly-selected adults throughout Connecticut, census data, and other sources.

Key findings include:

  • In Connecticut health inequities may have led to an excess of 14,000 deaths among the state’s Black population between 2017 and 2022
  • Statewide, low-income adults are five times as likely as high income adults to report feeling chronically depressed.
  • Nearly twice as many young adults ages 18–34 report having asthma compared to adults 65 and over.
  • Between 15 and 20 percent of Black adults, low-income adults, and adults living in Hartford and New Haven have experienced some sort of discrimination in a healthcare setting recently.
  • Fetal mortality is more than twice as high—and infant mortality more than three times as high—for Black babies as for white babies in Connecticut.
  • Fentanyl—a major influence in the rise in overdose deaths—was found in 85 percent of Connecticut’s fatal overdose victims in 2022.
  • The share of adults who feel they have access to affordable fruits and vegetables where they live ranges from 90 percent in many wealthy suburbs to less than 50 percent in Hartford.

Authors: Kelly Davila, Mark Abraham, Camille Seaberry, DataHaven