In a special issue of Health Affairs, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) grantees explore the relationship of social and economic determinants to health disparities; the role of specific environmental factors; disparities in the quality of health care delivered at hospitals; and other relevant topics.
Health disparities are a serious problem in the United States. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported in April 2011 that racial and ethnic minorities are less likely to get the preventive care they need to stay healthy, more likely to suffer from serious illnesses, and when they do get sick, are less likely to have access to quality health care.
The October issue of Health Affairs looks at disparities from a number of perspectives, featuring the work of several Scholars and experts funded by RWJF.
- 1. Where Health Disparities Begin
- 2. Raising Low 'Patient Activation' Rates Among Hispanic Immigrants May Equal Expanded Coverage in Reducing Access Disparities
- 3. How Cumulative Risks Warrant a Shift in Our Approach to Racial Health Disparities
- 4. Rising Closures of Hospital Trauma Centers Disproportionately Burden Vulnerable Populations
- 5. A Regional Health Collaborative Formed by New York-Presbyterian Aims to Improve the Health of a Largely Hispanic Community
- 6. Collection of Race and Ethnicity Data by Health Plans Has Grown Substantially, but Opportunities Remain to Expand Efforts
- 7. Undocumented Immigrants, Left Out of Health Reform, Likely to Continue to Grow as Share of the Uninsured