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Examining Health Disparities

Despite the progress made by numerous communities regarding access to quality healthcare, too many Americans continue to experience significant disparities. Differences in race, economic status, gender, and other relevant identifiers have been documented as playing a strong role in an individual's relationship to healthcare. These inequalities can affect people negatively in countless ways, and lead to a lifetime of health problems. One of the first steps to addressing these issues is to seek out quality sources of information on the topic. Hopefully the resources provided in this LibGuide and at the CDU Health Sciences Library will aid you in your search.

The content has been organized as follows:

1.  Government and Private Agencies with activities and/or policies addressing Health Disparities.

2.  Sources of statistics and data on Health Disparities.

3.. Segments of the population which may be affected by the conditions of their lives leading to Health Disparities

4.  Disparities in Selected Health Conditions

5.  Disparities/Inequalities in Health Care

6.  Cultural Competence

*Please note that many of the materials found within this LibGuide are publicly available through government and non-profit organizations, while others can only be accessed via resources subscribed to by the CDU Health Sciences Library. The public is welcome to access these materials.  The library is located on the ground floor of the Cobb Building.

Searching for Articles in Pubmed.

To Search PubMed for current articles on Health Disparities: 

PubMed has two terms in its Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) related to health disparities.  You can type them in the search box or use the MeSH browser, which may give you more precise results.

Health Status Disparities : "Variation in rates of disease occurrence and disabilities between population groups defined by socioeconomic characteristics such as age, ethnicity, economic resources, or gender and populations identified geographically or similar measures."

Healthcare Disparities:  "Differences in access to or availability of medical facilities and services."

For either of these terms, you can add a particular disese condition (such as hypertension) or population group (such as African Americans). 

Key Resources to Get Started.