Background & Research Archive


Uninsured and Underserved: The Health Care Experiences of Latinos in the Nation's Capital
December 20, 2004
KFF Issue Brief

U.S.-Born Mexican Americans and Non-Hispanic Whites at Increased Risk for Psychiatric Disorders: Findings Raise New Questions About Influence of Culture, December 6, 2004
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a component of the National Institutes of Health

Addressing Unequal Treatment: Disparities in Health Care, 11/2004
Issue Brief by The Commonwealth Fund / JFK School of Government

Means Exist to Improve Care for Minority Children, Expert Says
The Commonwealth Fund Quarterly
Fall 2004

Health Disparities Experienced by Hispanics - United States, October 14, 2004
Report by the CDC/MMWR

Disparities In Maternal And Infant Health: Are We Making Progress? Lessons From California, October 12, 2004

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Patient Reports of Disrespect in the Health Care Setting and Its Impact on Care September 29, 2004
Report by the Commonwealth Fund

A Review of the Quality of Health Care for American Indians and Alaska Natives September 2004
Report by the Commonwealth Fund

Policies to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Child Health and Health Care September/October 2004
Health Affairs Journal, article by Anne Beal, a physician and senior program officer at the Commonwealth Fund.

KFF Tutorial: Race, Ethnicity, and Health Care, August 27, 2004
KaiserEDU has added a tutorial on the role of race and ethnicity in the U.S. health care system discussing how a person's race and ethnicity relates to their health status, heath insurance coverage, and health care access and quality.

CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Health Disparities Experienced by Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations, August 27, 2004

Child Health Disparities: Framing a Research Agenda, July/August 2004
By the Commonwealth Fund

Disparities in Patient Experiences, Health Care Processes, and Outcomes: The Role of Patient-Provider Racial, Ethnic, and Language Concordance July 2004
Report by The Commonwealth Fund

A State Policy Agenda To Eliminate Racial And Ethnic Health Disparities June 2004
Report by the Commonwealth Fund

Who, When, and How: The Current State of Race, Ethnicity, and Primary Language Data Collection in Hospitals May 18, 2004
Published by The Commonwealth Fund, research by Romana Hasnain-Wynia, Debra Pierce, and Mary A. Pittman of the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET - an affiliate of the American Hospital Association)

RAND: Improving Primary Care Treatment For Depression Creates Long-Lasting Improvements for Minority Patients, April 5, 2004

Unequal Access: Insurance Instability Among Low-Income Workers and Minorities April 2004
Issue Brief by The Commonwealth Fund

Fact Sheets on Health Disparities (English and Spanish) April 2004
By the American Public Health Association

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Women’s Health Coverage and Access to Care March 2004
Issue Brief by the Kaiser Family Foundation

American Indians and Alaska Native: Health Coverage and Access to Care February 2004

Issue Brief: Cultural Competence in Health Care, February 2004
By the Center on an Aging Society, George Town University

In the Nation's Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Health Care Workforce 


Prescription Drug Access Disparities Among Working-Age Americans December 2003
Issue brief published by the Center for Studying Health System Change 

The Right to Equal Treatment  October 2003
Physicians for Human Rights 

Health Care: Approaches to Address Racial and Ethnic Disparities July 2003
GAO Letter and Report to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist 

Key Facts: Race, Ethnicity & Medical Care June, 2003
Kaiser Family Foundation 


Sources and Causes: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care 
September 2002 Developed by the American Hospital Association, based on learning from Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care, Institute of Medicine. Broadcast: Eliminating Health Disparities
INTERNET-BASED AUDIO CONFERENCE April 12, 2002 The Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus; and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Washington, D.C. 

Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care March 20, 2002
Report by the Institute of Medicine 

Diverse Communities, Common Concerns: Assessing Health Care Quality for Minority Americans   March 6, 2002 The Commonwealth Fund
This report reveals that on a wide range of health care quality measures--including effective patient-physician communication, overcoming cultural and linguistic barriers, and access to health care and insurance coverage--minority Americans do not fare as well as whites. 

Cultural Competence: An Essential Ingredient for Quality, Access and Elimination of Disparity
POWERPOINT US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Primary Health Care 

Disparities in Care of Vulnerable Patients
POWERPOINT Presentation by the faculty at San Francisco General Hospital
The presentation discusses: cardiovascular disease, analgesia use, cancer, asthma, renal disease, HIV, and diabetes.



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