Health Equity | Population Health
Health Inequity in the United States: A Primer
By José J. 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.