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August 20th 2012:Health: Why are Many People of Color in Poorer Health than Whites?

Many People of Color have poorer health than European-Americans from the cradle to the grave. What are the real causes for these persistent differences? Many people believe that these health inequities are primarily the result of genetic differences, poor health habits, or a lack of access to medical care. Is this true? While these are important, what does the research show about structural factors – such as persistent residential segregation as the root causes of the health gap? What if these problems are not addressed? Do the changing demographics in the USA suggest that the country will

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Brian D. Smedley, Ph.D.

Brian D. Smedley is Vice President and Director of the Health Policy Institute of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, DC. Formerly, Smedley was Research Director and co-founder of The Opportunity Agenda, whose mission is to build the national will to expand opportunity for all. Dr. Smedley was also a Senior Program Officer of the Institute of Medicine and lead editor of the reports In the Nation’s Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Health Care Workforce and Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care. He also served as a Congressional Science Fellow through the American Association for the Advancement of Science
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