Closing the US Health Disparities Gap: An International and National Epidemiological Perspective

Closing the US Health Disparities Gap:  An International and National Epidemiological Perspective

Workshop Chairs: Bertha Hidalgo and Victor Cardenas
Additional Faculty: Robert Fullilove, Edna Viruell-Fuentes, Chandra Ford, Ana Diez Roux

The Minority Affairs Committee proposes a workshop, which will aim to explore health disparities present in the US and the key factors driving those disparities. The workshop will address both national and international factors, which may be driving observed disparities in the US.

Racial and ethnic minorities experience a heavier disease burden. The workshop will therefore provide participants a thorough overview of the epidemiological research findings in the literature relating to minority populations, structural racism, and will also discuss factors that increase the wealth gap, deepen health disparities, and illustrate the central role of racism in the existence of health inequalities.

The proposed workshop will also specifically discuss social, political, economic, and international policies that can decrease the systemic and structural inequalities in standards of living and consequently in health status.