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DISPARITY IS REAL
The Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander population (NHOPI) has some of the highest rates of smoking, drinking, and obesity. The age-adjusted percentage of heart disease among NHOPI persons aged 18 years and over was 12.5%, with 6.8% for Asians and 10.9% for Whites.
Only 37.3% of Native Hawaiians alone or in any combination in the United States earned a high school diploma while just 18.2% earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.
17.6% of the NHOPI community lived below poverty, compared to a national poverty rate of 11.7% for Asians and 11.6% for Whites.