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Health Aff (Millwood). 2016 Aug 1;35(8):1410-5. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2016.0158.

Achieving Health Equity: Closing The Gaps In Health Care Disparities, Interventions, And Research.

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1
Tanjala S. Purnell is an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery and training director of the Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities, both at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore, Maryland.
2
Elizabeth A. Calhoun is a professor in the Department of Public Health Policy and Management at the University of Arizona, in Tucson. At the time this research was conducted, she was codirector of the Center for Population Health and Health Disparities at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
3
Sherita H. Golden is the Hugh P. McCormick Family Professor in the Department of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a core faculty member in the Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities.
4
Jacqueline R. Halladay is an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and the Center to Reduce Cardiovascular Disparities, School of Medicine, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
5
Jessica L. Krok-Schoen is a research specialist in the Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Center for Population Health and Health Disparities at the Ohio State University, in Columbus.
6
Bradley M. Appelhans is an associate professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and the Center for Urban Health Equity at Rush University, in Chicago.
7
Lisa A. Cooper (lisa.cooper@jhmi.edu) is the James F. Fries Professor in the Department of Medicine and director of the Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities, both at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Abstract

In the United States, racial/ethnic minority, rural, and low-income populations continue to experience suboptimal access to and quality of health care despite decades of recognition of health disparities and policy mandates to eliminate them. Many health care interventions that were designed to achieve health equity fall short because of gaps in knowledge and translation. We discuss these gaps and highlight innovative interventions that help address them, focusing on cardiovascular disease and cancer. We also provide recommendations for advancing the field of health equity and informing the implementation and evaluation of policies that target health disparities through improved access to care and quality of care.

KEYWORDS:

Access To Care; Chronic Care; Determinants Of Health; Disparities; Quality Of Care

PMID:
27503965
DOI:
10.1377/hlthaff.2016.0158
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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