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Health Indicator Report of New Mexico Population Demographics - Race/Ethnicity

New Mexico's population is very diverse, which sometimes leads to barriers to obtaining culturally-sensitive health care. Because of this and other social factors, there are real disparities in the health of New Mexicans of various race/ethnic groups. Reducing racial- and ethnically-based health disparities is an overarching goal of the U.S. Public Health Services/ Healthy People 2020 initiative.


In the New Mexico Department of Health, race and Hispanic origin are presented using the following categories: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian or Pacific Islander, Black or African American, Hispanic, and White.

Data Interpretation Issues

On July 1, 2013, all IBIS datasets began using the new standard definition for presentation of race/ethnicity as a single construct. The new definition groups all Hispanic persons into the "Hispanic" category, regardless of their race. For a detailed discussion of race and ethnicity reporting in the New Mexico Department of Health, please see the NM-IBIS page on Race and Ethnicity Measurement and Change to NMDOH Presentation Standard, here:


The percentage of the population by race/ethnicity categories.


Estimated number of persons in each race/ethnic category


The total number of persons in the population.

How Are We Doing?

According to 2009 state population estimates, 43.4% of New Mexicans were White, and 41.3% were Hispanic. (The Hispanic category does not include Black, American Indian or Asian or Pacific Islander populations.) The American Indian or Alaska Native population comprise 11% of New Mexico's population; the Black or African American population made up 2.7%; and the Asian or Pacific Islander population constituted another 1.7%. (Due to rounding, the percentages do not total 100%.)

What Is Being Done?

With our partners (the Governor, legislators, local and tribal governments, public and private organizations, health care providers, health care institutions and concerned New Mexicans), the New Mexico Department of Health is working to prevent disease, promote health, improve access to information and care, deliver appropriate care and develop strategies to reduce disparities where they exist.
Page Content Updated On 09/22/2015, Published on 09/22/2015
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Content updated: Tue, 22 Sep 2015 16:06:09 MDT