Achieving health equity: Closing the gaps in health care disparities, interventions, and research

Tanjala S. Purnell, Elizabeth Calhoun, Sherita H. Golden, Jacqueline R. Halladay, Jessica L. Krok-Schoen, Bradley M. Appelhans, Lisa A. Cooper

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Abstract

In the United States, racial/ethnic minority, rural, and lowincome populations continue to experience suboptimal access to and quality of health care despite decades of recognition of health disparities and policy mandates to eliminate them. Many health care interventions that were designed to achieve health equity fall short because of gaps in knowledge and translation.We discuss these gaps and highlight innovative interventions that help address them, focusing on cardiovascular disease and cancer.We also provide recommendations for advancing the field of health equity and informing the implementation and evaluation of policies that target health disparities through improved access to care and quality of care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1410-1415
Number of pages6
JournalHealth Affairs
Volume35
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

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Purnell, T. S., Calhoun, E., Golden, S. H., Halladay, J. R., Krok-Schoen, J. L., Appelhans, B. M., & Cooper, L. A. (2016). Achieving health equity: Closing the gaps in health care disparities, interventions, and research. Health Affairs, 35(8), 1410-1415. https://doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2016.0158