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Health Promot Pract. 2006 Jul;7(3):324-30. Epub 2006 Jun 7.

Historical and current policy efforts to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities in the United States: future opportunities for public health education research.

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Center for Minority Health in the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.


In the summer of 2005, the Society for Public Health Education convened a meeting, Health Disparities and Social Inequities, with the task of setting the minority health disparities research agenda for public health educators. The article provides a history of minority health efforts beginning with the Negro Health Improvement Week in 1915 and an overview of National Institutes of Health's (NIH) current 5-year strategic research plan to eliminate health disparities. The plan's goals represent a significant investment in minority health research and the emergence of NIH as the leading federal agency funding health disparity research. Understanding the history of minority health efforts and current health disparity research offers a perspective that will help guide public health educators in reaching the Healthy People 2010 goal of eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities.

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