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Epidemiology. 2019 Nov;30 Suppl 2:S60-S64. doi: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000001069.

The Uniqueness and Importance of Children in Addressing Health Disparities Across the Life Course: Implications for Research.

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From the Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.
Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD.
Office of Extramural Research, Education, and Priority Populations, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, US Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD.


As the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development's Division of Intramural Population Health Research celebrates its 50th Anniversary, it is appropriate to recognize great achievements in reducing child morbidity and mortality and increasing life expectancy. Unfortunately large racial/ethnic and socioeconomic health and healthcare disparities persist. This commentary suggests a framework to clarify the research and interventions needed to eliminate health disparities starting early in the life course.

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