Health Affairs Issue Examines Causes and Consequences of Health Disparities

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.