Health Disparities

Health disparities are differences in health outcomes between different populations. Health disparities can adversely affect groups of people based on their race/ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, geographic location or other characteristics linked to discrimination. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Healthcare disparities are defined by the Institute of Medicine as “racial or ethnic differences in the quality of healthcare that are not due to access-related factors or clinical needs, preferences, and appropriateness of intervention.” 

Health Disparities Overview (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health)

Health Disparities Research and ReportsResearch and Reports
Resources on health disparities and activities targeted to identifying and eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities

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Health Disparities Disease and InformationDisease-Specific Research and Information
Resources related to identifying, reducing, or eliminating health disparities in specific conditions or diseases.

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Health Disparities Resources for PhysiciansResources for Physicians
Practice strategies and tools for helping eliminate disparities in the doctor’s office. 

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Health Disparities Increasing DiversityIncreasing Diversity in the Physician Workforce
Information on the role of a diverse physician workforce in addressing health disparities

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Health Disparities Resources for PatientsResources for Patients 
Tools to help minority patients and patient advocates reduce health disparities

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Health Disparities Additional ResourcesGovernment Agencies and Organizations
Resources from government agencies and public health organizations pertaining to health disparities and minority health.

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2014 Public Health Leadership Forum

The Impact of Health Care Reform on Health Care Disparities
Friday, April 4, 2014

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Unequal Treatment: Disparities in Health Care

Dunlap & Abreau - Physician Focus

Featured guests for the April edition of the Physician Focus video are Ronald Dunlap, M.D. and Milagos Abreu, M.D., M.P.H., Hosting this edition is Alice Coombs, M.D.

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Eliminating Health Care Disparities in Your Practice

Health care disparities have significant economic consequences for the health care system, and in turn, for the business of medicine.

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The President’s Podium: It’s Time for Equal Treatment

For years, the Massachusetts Medical Society has been one of the leading voices in the effort to reduce health care disparities in the Commonwealth. Our members have worked to educate our colleagues about the issue. 

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Can Health IT Reduce Health Care Disparities?

A 2013 study by the Office of the National Coordinator suggests health information technology has a role in addressing systems that will improve care for populations facing health disparities. 

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