213282 Collaborating to End Health Disparities in the United States

Monday, November 9, 2009: 10:30 AM

Garth N. Graham, MD, MPH , U.S. Office of Minority Health, Rockville, MD
According to most recent census report, the racial and ethnic minority population in the United States (US) makes up 34% of the US Population. Experts estimate that minorities will become the majority population in the next 30 years. In addition, minorities disproportionately experience disparities in health and healthcare. These factors, combined with limited progress in eliminating health and health care disparities over several decades, suggest a more coordinated approach may be needed to succeed in ending health disparities. This paper explores the complex factors that contribute to health disparities, addresses the need for stronger partnership and more focused research, and offers a framework for action. Presenter will discuss the importance of establishing the elimination of health disparities as a priority for Federal, state, and local government, and will demonstrate the value of a coordinated, collaborative federal approach in accelerating needed advancement.

Learning Objectives:
Describe barriers to eliminating health disparities in the US. Explain importance of federal partnerships.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have previous experience presenting at APHA meetings and I am a medical doctor with expertise in this area and also Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director of the Office of Minority Health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.