Achieving Health Equity Closing The Gaps In Health Care Disparities Interventions And Research
Author: Tanjala S. Purnell, Elizabeth A. Calhoun, Sherita H. Golden, Jacqueline R. Halladay, Jessica L. Krok-Schoen, Bradley M. Appelhans, Lisa A. Cooper
In the United States, racial/ethnic minority, rural, and low-income 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.