3102.0 Health Disparities: Politics, Policy, and Public Health

Monday, November 5, 2007: 10:30 AM
The Equal Health Opportunity Committee of the American Public Health Association recognizes that social injustices and health disparity gaps continue to have a significant effect on the health of many men, women and children from economically and politically marginalized communities across the US and abroad. Causes of health disparities and social injustices are complex issue and are often rooted in racial, economic, social and educational inequities. Politics, health policy legislation, and funding are critical elements that contribute to health disparities that are now endemic in our nation. According to Healthy People 2010, existing racial and socioeconomic disparities have led to the development of several national health objectives to improve the quality of health for these vulnerable populations. This session will focus on the entrenchment of health disparities, and the politics and health policies that contribute to social and health inequities. Our speakers will discuss the politics and policies associated with the continuing problem of health disparities, the need for reform at the national and local levels, and the public policy challenges. They will also examine successful programs to eliminate health disparities and the role of public health. Policy development and legislation are critical steps that are needed to address health disparities. There is much activity on this level both nationally and statewide; however, this area still requires consideration. Policies and health initiatives that protect vulnerable populations and also respond to the needs of the poor must be set in place to meaningfully address the pervasive problem of health disparities in the US.
Session Objectives: 1. Identify the political and economic drivers of health disparities and social injustices. 2. Describe the elements of successful coalition building to initiate and support political initiatives to help eliminate health disparities. 3. Consider ways to make change in public health policy and practice for assurance of improved health for all populations.
Jean E. Swinney, PhD, RN
Alvaro Garza, MD, MPH
Scott Weber, EdD, MSN, APRN

10:30 AM
10:50 AM

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Organized by: APHA-Equal Health Opportunity Committee
Endorsed by: Women's Caucus, Public Health Nursing, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus of Public Health Workers, APHA-Committee on Women's Rights, Caucus on Refugee and Immigrant Health, Asian Pacific Islander Caucus of APHA

CE Credits: CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing