Health Disparities & Minority Health: Resources
Updated January 2012
Health disparities are population-specific differences in the presence of disease, health outcomes, quality of health care and access to health care services that exist across racial and ethnic groups. These communities fare worse on a wide range of health indicators, including life expectancy, prevalence of chronic diseases, infant mortality, insurance coverage, and others.
This page provides links to NCSL publications and other resources on health disparities and minority health.
Health Disparities and the Affordable Care Act [LegisBrief], Oct. 2010
Chronic Health Conditions and Minority Youth [LegisBrief], May 2010
Improving the Odds [State Legislatures Magazine], Sept. 2009
This article highlights how dozens of states aim to help minorities and low-income residents receive better medical care and live healthier lives.
States Address Health Disparities [LegisBrief], July 2009
Disparities in Cardiovascular Health [LegisBrief], Feb. 2009
Disparities in Cardiovascular Health [Podcast], Feb. 2009
States and Tribes: A Healthy Alliance [State Legislatures Magazine], April 2005
This article describes some of the ways in which health care models that states and tribes are developing for Native Americans could be used for other residents.
Indian Country Concerns [State Legislatures Magazine], April 2005
This article highlights the political relationship between states and tribal governments as well as specific concerns of Indian lawmakers.
CDC Health Disparities & Inequalities Report – United States, 2011
The first in a series of periodic, consolidated assessments that highlight health disparities by sex, race and ethnicity, income, education, disability status and other social characteristics.
Ensuring Equity: A Post-Reform Framework to Achieve High Performance Health Care for Vulnerable Populations (October 2011)
The Commonwealth Fund
National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Reports (2010)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010: Advancing Health Equity for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Populations (July 2010)
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies reviews the potential of ACA provisions to improve health and health care for diverse populations and communities.
The Economic Burden of Health Inequalities in the United States (September 2009)
This study, by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies provides information on the financial burden racial disparities are putting on the health care system and society at large. Researchers examine the direct costs associated with the provision of care to a sicker and more disadvantaged population, as well as the indirect costs of health inequities such as lost productivity, lost wages, absenteeism, family leave, and premature death.
Why Are Latinos the Most Uninsured Racial/Ethnic Group of U.S. Children? (2007)
The Commonwealth Fund summarizes the findings of a research project, including three major risk factors responsible for uninsured Latino children: U.S. citizenship, having two working family and low family income.
Publications from the National Business Group on Health – Center for Prevention Health Services
- A State Policy Agenda to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities (2004)
This Commonwealth Fund report provides state policymakers with a menu of policy interventions that have been implemented to address disparities in minority health and health care.
Websites/ Additional Resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Center for Research on Minority Health
The Center for Research on Minority Health at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. The CRMH has been able to successfully implement unique model programs to address different areas of heath disparities.
This organization focuses on improving the accessibility and quality of health care for minority, immigrant, and indigenous communities by providing support, information, and education to health care providers, policymakers, researchers and advocates.
Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Minority Health
HRSA's Office of Minority Health provides leadership for programs and activities, which address the special health needs of racial/ethnic minorities to eliminate disparities, while improving health status.
Kaiser Family Foundation – Minority Health
Migration Policy Institute
This website address the issue of the lack of health insurance among immigrants in the United States.
The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health – Health Disparities
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
National Cancer Institute: Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Disparities
Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) – National advocacy organization, dedicated to promoting policy, program and research efforts for the improvement of the health status of all Asian American and Pacific Island Communities.
Asian Health Services Online
A site dedicated to serve and advocate for the immigrant and refugee Asian community regarding its health rights and access to care.
Association of American Indian Physicians
The site of the AAIP which is dedicated to improving the health status of American Indian and Alaska Native people.
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
This web site is provides information regarding key legislation or public policy issues, health initiatives and local events that pertain to the public health of people of African descent worldwide. Topics covered include AIDS/HIV, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, sickle cell anemia, health care, public policy, prevention, mental health, environmental justice and research.
National Council of La Raza
This website links to NCLR’s programs, publications, and discussion on health policy that address health disparities in the Latino community.
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