Disparities in Child Health: A Review

  • Jean L. Raphael
  • Michelle A. Lopez
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Public Health book series (BRIEFSPUBLIC)


Since the 2002 publication of the Institute of Medicine’s landmark document on health disparities Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care, inequities in the US healthcare system have received unprecedented attention from clinicians, advocacy groups, and policy makers [1]. In Healthy People, a national health promotion and disease prevention initiative, the elimination of health disparities has consistently been listed as an overarching goal [2]. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has issued an annual national health care disparities report since 2003 [3]. In 2010, the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities was redesigned as an Institute, elevating the research agenda focused on eliminating health disparities. Researchers, professional organizations, and advocacy groups have made considerable efforts to incorporate addressing health disparities into their strategic goals [4–6].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean L. Raphael
    • 1
  • Michelle A. Lopez
    • 2
  1. 1.Pediatrics-Academic GeneralBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Pediatrics-Hospital MedicineBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA

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