"Targeting Root Causes to Address Inequities and Improve Health: Implications for Health Reform," Center for Health Improvement Policy Brief, written by Tony Iton, MD, JD, MPH; Karen Shore, PhD; Nancy Adler, PhD; Christine Chen, MPP; and Joseph Griffin, MPH. July 2009.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation "Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Access to and Quality of Health Care" Research Report (September 2007)
'Health Inequities: Root Causes and Innovative Solutions'
February 21, 2008
The existence of ethnic and racial disparities in health care has been well documented by numerous sources, including the landmark 2002 Institute of Medicine report, Unequal Treatment." Nonetheless, a lack of consensus still exists on the extent of the problem, its causes, and potential solutions. Health disparities result from a complex interplay of a variety of factors--such as economic opportunity, cultural norms, access to safe streets--and the solutions need to mirror that complexity. Efforts to date show little coordination or exchange across broad sectors. Although some progress has been made, more needs to be done to engage a broader dialogue and work toward developing a cohesive, integrated, interdisciplinary strategy for action. This session is designed to push the dialogue beyond the documentation of the existence of health disparities and toward a discussion of programs and initiatives currently underway in California and other states, and policy options that should be considered to create a synergistic, strategic approach to reducing health disparities.
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