Snapshots of Older African Americans: Implications for Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists Every 10 years, the United States government conducts a population head count. The U.S. Census provides a temporal freeze-frame, or snapshot, of the nation’s populace. Additionally, the census provides the means to gather other information of interest or historical curiosity, including the number of toilets or radios per household. ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2006
Snapshots of Older African Americans: Implications for Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
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  • Joyce L. Harris
    The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
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Article   |   December 01, 2006
Snapshots of Older African Americans: Implications for Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, December 2006, Vol. 11, 9-13. doi:10.1044/gero11.2.9
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, December 2006, Vol. 11, 9-13. doi:10.1044/gero11.2.9
Every 10 years, the United States government conducts a population head count. The U.S. Census provides a temporal freeze-frame, or snapshot, of the nation’s populace. Additionally, the census provides the means to gather other information of interest or historical curiosity, including the number of toilets or radios per household. But perhaps the most controversial and abiding national interest focuses on how many Americans of African descent there are at a given time. Blacks or African Americans, despite changes in preference for racial designation, have been counted in every U.S. Census since 1790. Social progress and political controversy aside, enumeration of people by race continues to fulfill an important function in American society. Both public institutions and private organizations use these data to provide targeted services in the areas of education, housing, and health care. Moreover, data on race inform policymaking decisions that ultimately affect the lives of everyone.
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