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Disparities in Health and Health Care: Five Key Questions and Answers

This brief provides an introduction to health and health care disparities, not only for racial and ethnic groups but also for groups defined by other characteristics, such as socioeconomic status, geographic location, age, and language. Brief (.pdf)

What’s the Diagnosis? Latinos, Media & Health

Three reports examining how health issues are handled by the Latino-oriented media today and how Latinos use the media as an information source on health issues. The three new studies were released at the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) conference. The studies are also available separately: A National and…

Today’s Topics In Health Disparities

The Kaiser Family Foundation presents a series of live, interactive webcasts devoted to addressing a range of issues relating to health and health care disparities in the United States. Each discussion will feature a panel of experts tackling current issues in health disparities and answering questions from webcast viewers. 2011…

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

A study of American Indians’ and Alaska Natives’ access to health care, conducted by researchers from the Urban Institue, University of Arizona and the Kaiser Family Foundation, identifies some of the health policy challenges this population faces. The study was originally published in the Janurary issue of the American Journal…

Addressing Disparities in Health and Health Care — Issues for Reform

Marsha Lillie-Blanton, Dr.P.H., Kaiser senior advisor on race, ethnicity and health care, testified before the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee about the role of health insurance in reducing disparities in health care and in health status. The testimony is part of an ongoing health reform hearing series. Testimony (.pdf)…

KFF Data Note Explores Digital Divide and Access to Health Information Online

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) calls for a number of web-based initiatives, including development of the website healthcare.gov which provides a variety of health information and helps individuals find coverage options. Therefore, understanding the level and quality of Internet access among those groups most likely to benefit from reform, such…

Women at Risk: A View from the Safety Net

This video provides a snapshot of the Arlington (Va.) Free Clinic where, four times a month, medical personnel provide care and screenings exclusively to women. The video explores the hurdles that uninsured women face in accessing health care and the social issues, including work and family responsibilities, that create challenges…

Health Coverage for the Hispanic Population Today and Under the Affordable Care Act

The more than 50 million Hispanics living in the United States make up 17 percent of the total population and are the nation’s fastest growing racial or ethnic group. Many Hispanics continue to face disparities in health coverage and care, and they have the highest uninsured rate among racial/ethnic groups,…

Putting Men’s Health Care Disparities On The Map: Examining Racial and Ethnic Disparities at the State Level

This report documents the persistence of disparities between white men and men of color — and among different groups within men of color — on 22 indicators of health and well-being, including rates of diseases such as AIDS, cancer, heart disease and diabetes, as well as insurance coverage and health screenings. It also catalogues disparities in factors that influence health and access to care such as income and education, and other social determinants of health.