What are "health disparities"?
MedlinePlus - Health Disparities
Health disparities refer to differences between groups of people. These differences can affect how frequently a disease affects a group, how many people get sick, or how often the disease causes death.
Determinants of Health - Healthy People
The range of personal, social, economic, and environmental factors that influence health status are known as determinants of health.
Healthy People 2020 Structured Evidence Queries
This site lets you search for published literature related to the Healthy People 2020 topic areas.
MEDLINE PubMed Health Disparities Search
PubMed search and links to other health disparities information resources, including research article citations.
Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion - CDC
Health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to “attain his or her full health potential” and no one is “disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances.” Health inequities are reflected in differences in length of life; quality of life; rates of disease, disability, and death; severity of disease; and access to treatment.
National Library of Medicine (NLM) Health Services Research Information Center (HSRIC)
HSRIC is a research portal of health services research resources providing numerous Internet links to data, funding announcements, reports, podcasts, discussion groups, and more.
Kaiser Family Foundation - Disparities Policy
Kaiser Family Foundation is dedicated to filling the need for trusted, independent information on the major health issues facing our nation and its people.
Social Determinants of Health - CDC
The social determinants of health are the circumstances in which people are born, grow up, live, work, and age, as well as the systems put in place to deal with illness. These circumstances are in turn shaped by a wider set of forces: economics, social policies, and politics.
The Community Tool Box - Program Development
The Community Tool Box is a global resource for free information on essential skills for building healthy communities. It offers more than 7,000 pages of practical guidance in creating change and improvement.
The Community Guide
The Guide to Community Preventive Services is a free resource to help you choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in your community.
Health Communities Program - CDC (2008-2012)
CDC's Healthy Communities Program works with communities through local, state and territory, and national partnerships to improve community leaders and stakeholders' skills and commitments for establishing, advancing, and maintaining effective population-based strategies that reduce the burden of chronic disease and achieve health equity. Useful tools are still hosted on this site.
Community Health Needs Assessment
A web-based platform designed to assist hospitals and organizations seeking to better understand the needs and assets of their communities, and to collaborate to make measurable improvements in community health and well-being.
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