Although the term disparities is often interpreted to mean racial or ethnic disparities, many dimensions of disparity exist in the United States, particularly in health. If a health outcome is seen to a greater or lesser extent between populations, there is disparity. Race or ethnicity, sex, sexual identity, age, disability, socioeconomic status, and geographic location all contribute to an individual’s ability to achieve good health.
The State of Health Disparities in the United States (2017) - E-book; From the Institute of Medicine / National Academies Press
Racial and Ethnic Health Equity in the US; Part 1 - First in a 2-2part series, the Feb 2021 issue of AMA Journal of Ethics focuses on racial and ethnic inequity in morbidity, mortality, and access to services
Racial and Ethnic Health Equity in the US; Part 2 - Second in a 2-2part series, the Mar 2021 issue of AMA Journal of Ethics focuses on racial and ethnic inequity in morbidity, mortality, and access to services
Integrating Health Equity Content into Health Professions Education - From AMA Journal of Ethics
Roadmap and Best Practices for Organizations to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care - From Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Equity of Care Toolkits for Hospitals & Healthcare Organizations - From the American Hospital Association
3 modules: (1) Enhance providers’ knowledge of racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare; (2) Increase awareness of unconscious bias and ways to limit its effect on behavior; (3) Foster communication skills that can reduce disparities attributable to the patient-provider relationship. From MedEdPortal
Developed at UU; From MedEdPortal
Audio (approx. 20 min) These podcasts feature conversations with hospital and health system leaders on a variety of diversity and health equity issues that impact patients and communities.
Audio (17 min). Discusses health equity, community engagement, and the future of health professional school curricular design.
Healthy People 2020: Disparities - From the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports - From Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
CDC Health Disparities & Inequalities Reports (CHDIR) - Includes strategies for reducing health disparities
Health Disparities Topics Page - From MedlinePlus