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A health disparity is a particular type of health difference that is closely linked with social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantage. Health disparities adversely affect groups of people who have systematically experienced greater obstacles to health based on their racial or ethnic group; religion; socioeconomic status; gender; age; mental health; cognitive, sensory, or physical disability; sexual orientation or gender identity; geographic location; or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion.


Bridging the Great Divide:  Health Disparities in America - Kaiser Permanente video 

What is a health disparity? Viewpoint

Educational Video and Presentation for Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities to Improve Quality- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation  

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Issue Briefs Series:  Exploring the Social Determinants of Health- Vulnerable populations


Race and Socioeconomic factors

Education and Health


Health and Human Services -Report of the Secretary' Task Force on Black and Minority Health - Margaret M. Heckler 

Institute of Medicine (IOM) Unequal Treatment- Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care

Resources and News:

Road Map to reduce health disparities -Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality- resources

Office of Minority Health- Disparity Reduction Efforts

CDC- Office of Minority Health- Disparity News


Affordable Care Act:

Health Reform Explained Video: "Health Reform Hits Main Street"

Health Care Where you Live - Implementation Resources

HHS- Administration for Children and Families - Affordable Care Act: Lifting People out of Poverty


Men Health 

White Paper on Men's and Boys Health from Mean's Health Braintrust, Dialogue on Health