Category Archives: Health Care Disparities

A Continuing National Challenge

There is now overwhelming, irrefutable evidence of health care disparities in the U.S. Fortunately, many health care organizations have recognized the persistence of health care disparities and have begun to develop and implement interventions to reduce those disparities.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Mapping Medicare Disparities

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health has published an interactive Mapping Medicare Disparities tool.  Chronic diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, pose a significant problem in the United States, and disproportionately affect racial and ethnic … Continue reading

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Ensuring the Well-Being of Boys and Young Men of Color

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has published several resources to prevent substance use and misuse among boys and young men of color. The first tool reviews the literature and identifies (1) factors that have been shown to either protect boys and … Continue reading

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California Pan-Ethnic Health Network: Taking a Bite of Oral Health Inequities

This issue brief from the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network describes inequities in oral health for racial and ethnic populations, and makes recommendations to reduce those disparities. Poverty, food insecurity, lack of access to healthier food, and lack of access to … Continue reading

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Institute of Medicine: Achieving Health Equity via the Affordable Care Act

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities has published a summary of a 2013 workshop on achieving health equity via the Affordable Care Act. Here is the agenda for the workshop: … Continue reading

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Institute of Medicine: Framing the Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity to Advance Health Equity

The Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Population Health Improvement, in coordination with the Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities, conducted a workshop on February 4, 2016 on framing the dialogue on race and ethnicity … Continue reading

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Stanford Social Innovation Review and Grantmakers in Health: Innovations in Health Equity

The Stanford Social Innovation Review and Grantmakers in Health have published this special supplement on health equity. Articles include discussions of the role of health philanthropy in addressing equity; the role of community organizers in advancing health equity; promoting health … Continue reading

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: The State of Racial Inequalities in Health

On December 5, 2014, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) held a forum on “Disparities, Resilience, and Building a Culture of Health” and published this paper on the state of racial inequalities in health authored by Thomas LeVeist, director of the Center … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Guide to Preventing Readmissions Among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Medicare Beneficiaries

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health has published this Guide to Preventing Readmissions Among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Medicare Beneficiaries.  Racial and ethnic minority populations are more likely than their white counterparts to be readmitted within … Continue reading

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health: Progress Report on Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health has released this implementation progress report on its Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, which was adopted in 2011.  Examples of progress are reported on activities addressing … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health has published this first-ever Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare.  The Equity Plan focuses on Medicare populations that experience disproportionately high burdens of disease, lower quality of care, … Continue reading

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