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N C Med J. 2012 Sep-Oct;73(5):389-94.

Understanding and addressing health disparities in North Carolina.

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  • Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157, USA. rbell@wakehealth.edu


Health disparities--differences in the provision and outcomes of health care in 2 distinct populations--are pervasive and long-standing in North Carolina. Although some strategies for closing these gaps have been effective, many disparities have resisted attempts to eliminate them. Future efforts should focus on policy implementation and the translation of research findings into effective interventions.

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