4135.0: Tuesday, November 14, 2000: 12:30 PM-2:00 PM

Global Health Equity- Developing Country Findings

This session will focus on the results of the Global Health Equity Initiative (GHEI), a three year multi-country research project addressing conceptual and empirical research in the emerging field of health equity. The explicit aim of the initiative is to further the field of health equity, with a focus in developing countries. The Initiative represents more than 100 health equity researchers working in 13 countries. The purpose of the session is to present some of the key findings of the Global Health Equity Initiative in order to a) introduce developing country-specific findings on health equity b) highlight major conceptual and methodological issues encountered in the course of the Initiative. Each of the in-depth country analyses in the GHEI used different data sources, measures of health equity, measures of health outcomes and time periods. Despite the diversity of approaches, common themes emergedó e.g. evidence of significant or widening disparities, gender differences and the importance of social context in explaining health inequities. While specific country findings from Mexico, China and Bangladesh will be presented, the broader conceptual and methodological questions raised in the course of research will be addressed throughout the session. In addition, in the second half of the session, presenters will highlight issues of measurement and monitoring equity in a developing country setting
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Learning Objectives: Refer to the individual abstracts for learning objectives
Organizer(s):Tim Evans, MD, PhD
12:30 PMChina: Gender and Health Equity
Yuanli Liu, Yuanli Liu
12:45 PMCritical issues in monitoring health equity
Paula Braveman, MD, MPH
1:00 PMMaking use of DHS Data for Health Equity
Davidson Gwatkin, PhD
1:15 PMMexico: The use of the Marginality Index to Monitor Health Equity
Beatriz Zurita
Sponsor:International Health
Cosponsors:Caucus on Refugee and Immigrant Health; Environment; Epidemiology; Latino Caucus; Women's Caucus

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA