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Health disparities in chronic diseases study conducted in La Crosse Co.

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – A new study from the La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium, and their partners, shows that socioeconomic factors such as education, income, race and access to health care, all contribute to health disparities in chronic diseases in La Crosse County.

The study shows that people with health coverage are more likely to have good or better health than those without coverage.

Results also indicate people who earn less than $25,000 per year believe their access to healthcare to be lesser than those earning more than $25,000 per year.

Those with lower education levels are more likely to experience a stroke, compared to people with higher education, according to the study.

"Focusing on a community level... will really help improve or change behaviors. For example, increasing the number of farmers markets and putting in safe routes to get to those farmers markets you're really increasing physical activity, you're increasing access,” said Lindsay Menard, a business analyst for La Crosse County Human Services Department. She helped conduct the study.

Researchers looked at the prevalence of cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and general health outcomes.

They said they hope the results produce solutions to the disparities.

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