January 20, 2018

What the experts say…

“Equitable [healthcare] does not vary in quality because of personal characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and socioeconomic status.[22]” – Institutes of Medicine

About Health Disparities

“Recent studies have shown that despite the steady improvements in the overall health of the United States, racial and ethnic minorities experience higher rates of morbidity and mortality than non-minorities. Disparities in health care exist even when controlling for gender, condition, age and socio-economic status.” – AMA Foundation

“There is a huge segment of the population, concentrated in low-income minority groups, that is not reached by traditional health education and health promotion activities. This is the same population that has been found to have poorer health status overall with a higher incidence of chronic disease (Davis et al., 1996), higher rates of infant mortality (U.S. DHHS, Public Health Service, 1991), and shorter life expectancy (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 1993).”– World Education, Vision and Action Agenda

“As ethnic and racial diversity of the population of older Americans increases, our system of social services and health care delivery will face new stresses.”– Council of State Governments, “Medical innovation and the aging of America”

“A health disparity is an inequality or gap that exists between two or more groups. Health disparities are believed to be the result of the complex interaction of personal, societal, and environmental factors.” – Healthy People 2010


Here’s what BESolutions says about health disparities.

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