Health Inequity in the United States: A Primer

Issue Brief

Health Inequity in the United States: A Primer

By José Escarce, MD, PhD, adapted from his keynote speech at the 20th Anniversary Conference of the Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) Program

By any measure, the United States has a level of health inequity rarely seen among developed nations. The roots of this inequity are deep and complex, and are a function of differences in income, education, race and segregation, and place. In this primer, we provide an overview of these distinctly American problems, and discuss programs and policies that might promote greater health equity in the population.

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