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Racial and Ethnic Disparities


The Office of Minority Health
OMH provides programs that address disease prevention, health promotion, risk reduction, healthier lifestyle choices, use of health care services, and barriers to health care.

Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH)
The Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) is part of the CDC's efforts to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities in the U.S. REACH uses community-based, participatory approaches to "identify, develop, and disseminate effective strategies for addressing health disparities across a wide range of health priority areas".

Web Resources

The Roots of Inequality
The Roots of Health Inequity is an online learning collaborative. The site offers resources and information about the systemic differences in health and wellness that are, actionable, unfair, and unjust.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
To understand the causes and factors of these inequalities, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has awarded grants to nine "Excellence Centers To Eliminate Ethnic/Racial Disparities" (EXCEED). Each center is investigating a different theme in an effort to identify and eliminate the causes of health disparities.

Unnatural Causes… Is Inequality Making Us Sick?
Institute of Medicine. (2003). Unequal Treatment: Confronting racial and ethnic disparities in health care. Brian D. Smedley, Adrienne Y. Stith, and Alan R. Nelson. Editors. Institute of Medicine. Washington DC: The National Academies Press.

Price, J. H., Khubchandani, J., McKinney, M., & Braun, R. (2013). Racial/ethnic disparities in chronic diseases of youths and access to health care in the United States. BioMed Research International, 2013, 787-616.
Flores, G., & Lin, H. (2013). Trends in racial/ethnic disparities in medical and oral health, access to care, and use of services in US children: has anything changed over the years? International Journal for Equity in Health, 12(1), 10.
Nelson, A. (2002). Unequal treatment: confronting racial and ethnic disparities in health care. Journal of the National Medical Association
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