Health & Healthcare Disparities
Health and Healthcare Disparities
Health disparities are differences in the quality of health and health care between different groups of people. These disparities are preventable differences that are experienced by socially and economically disadvantaged populations, and they include differences in the prevalence rates of disease, access to health care, quality of health care, and overall well-being between groups of people. Although there have been health improvements among the United States population as a whole, minority groups experience higher rates of chronic disease, higher mortality, poorer overall health outcomes, and poorer access to health care compared with non-minorities. These health disparities affect many different groups of people and are influenced by economic, social, and environmental factors.
Many different groups of people are adversely affected by health disparities, including racial and ethnic minorities. Racial and ethnic minorities experience higher rates of morbidity and mortality, less access to health insurance, and lower quality of health care compared to non-minorities. Chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease most adversely affect racial and ethnic minorities, and these problems are exacerbated by poorer access to health care. Ethnic and racial minorities are less likely to receive even routine medical procedures. With growing rates of diversity throughout the United States, more and more people are experiencing these health disparities, intensifying the need to eliminate these gaps.
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Current Healthcare Disparities Research
Funding Agency: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
Title: Integrated Healthcare for African Americans with Serious Mental Illness who are Homeless in Chicago's Edgewater/Uptown Neighborhood
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