White, non-Hispanic men often have access to good health and quality health care, particularly when compared to Black women and Latinas. In nearly every state, white, non-Hispanic men report overall better health than Black women, Latinas, and white, non-Hispanic women. One factor that contributes to this disparity is access to health insurance coverage, since having health insurance coverage makes it easier to access and afford health care. Nationally, 10.2% of white, non-Hispanic men ages 19 to 64 lack health insurance coverage between 2017 and 2021. In comparison, 12.0% of Black women and 22.2% of Latinas lack health insurance coverage nationally.
Nationally, 7.1% of white, non-Hispanic men ages 18 and over lived in poverty in 2021 compared to 17.0% of Latinas and 18.8% of Black women. People living in poverty have higher rates of chronic diseases and overall worse physical and mental health.i
In many states, white, non-Hispanic men, compared to Black women, Latinas, and white, non-Hispanic women, also tend to experience lower rates of food insufficiency and housing insecurity (being behind on their rent or mortgage payments). Experiencing greater levels of food insufficiency and housing insecurity contributes to worse physical and mental health.ii In Wisconsin, 27.0% of Black women and 18.2% of Latinas ages 18 and over did not have enough food to eat for at least a week between 2020 and 2022. In comparison, only 6.0% white, non-Hispanic men reported the same in Wisconsin. In Washington, 14.7% of Black women, 13.9% of Latinas, and only 5.2% of white, non-Hispanic men experienced food insufficiency for at least a week between 2020 and 2022.
The following table provides data by state on social determinants of health metrics for white, non-Hispanic men.Health Metrics for White Non-Hispanic Men by State