Minority Populations and Health: An Introduction to Health Disparities in the United States / Edition 1

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"The text is state-of-the-art in its analysis of health disparities from both domestic and international perspectives. Minority Populations and Health: An Introduction to Health Disparities in the United States is a welcome addition to the field because it widens access to the complex issues underlying the health disparities problem. "— Preventing Chronic Disease/CDC, October 2005

"This is a very comprehensive, evidence-based book dealing with the health disparities that plague the United States. This is a welcome and valuable addition to the field of health care for minority groups in the United States."— Doody's Publishers Bulletin, August 2005

"Health isn’t color-blind. Racial minorities disproportionately suffer from some diseases, but experts say race alone doesn’t completely account for the disparities. Newsweek's Jennifer Barrett Ozols spoke with Thomas LaVeist, director of the Center for Health Disparities Solutions at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and author of the upcoming book, "Minority Populations and Health: An Introduction to Health Disparities in the U.S." (Jossey-Bass) about race and medicine. "— MSNBC/Newsweek interview with author Thomas L. LaVeist, February 2005

"The book is readable and organized to be quickly read with specifics readily retrievable. It is comprehensive and visual."— Journal of the American Medical Association, September 2005

Minority Populations and Health is a textbook that offers a complete foundation in the core issues and theoretical frameworks for the development of policy and interventions to address race disparities in health-related outcomes. This book covers U.S. health and social policy, the role of race and ethnicity in health research, social factors contributing to mortality, longevity and life expectancy, quantitative and demographic analysis and access, and utilization of health services. Instructors material available at http://www.minorityhealth.com

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Penny Wolfe Moore, RNC, PhD (Southwestern Adventist University)
Description: This book focuses on the health disparities of minority populations in the United States, using many tables and charts (no color) that illustrate main points very well.
Purpose: The author had taught courses on health inequality for several years but could not find a comprehensive book, so he wrote this especially to meet that classroom need. He meets his objective, and the book is also useful for community health planners and educators.
Audience: It was written with undergraduate and graduate students in mind but a wider audience exists. Community health educators and community developers will find this book very useful. Anyone working on the Healthy People 2010 objectives will need this as a reference.
Features: This book offers a comprehensive discussion of the many factors leading to health disparities related to racial/ethnic issues. The healthcare needs of minority groups are explored with many strategies presented. Theory is linked to research and implications for action are included. Many charts and tables are included that summarize material and give more meaning to research findings.
Assessment: This is a very comprehensive, evidence-based book dealing with the health disparities that plague the United States. The problems are identified and then followed by strategies for action. This is a welcome and valuable addition to the field of healthcare for minority groups in the United States.
From the Publisher
"The book is readable and organized to be quickly read with specifics readily retrievable." (JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association), September 14, 2005)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787964139
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/8/2005
  • Series: Public Health/Vulnerable Populations Series, #4
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 564,240
  • Product dimensions: 7.26 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas A. LaVeist is professor of public health and founding director of the Center for Health Disparities Solutions at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures.


About the Author.

1. Historical Aspects of Race/Ethnicity and Health.


2. Conceptual Issues in Race/Ethnicity and Health.

3. The Demography of American Racial/Ethnic Minorities.


4. The Epidemiological Profile of Racial/Ethnic Minorities.

5. Mental Health with Duane Thomas, Ph.D.

6. Health Care Services Among Racial/Ethnic Groups.


7. Theories of Racial/Ethnic Differences in Health.

8. Socioeconomic Status and Racial/Ethnic Differences inHealth.

9. Behavior and Health.


10. African American Health Issues.

11. American Indian and Alaska Native Health Issues.

12. Asian and Pacific Islander Health Issues.

13. Hispanic/Latino Health Issues.


14. Addressing Disparities in Health and Health Care.

Appendix A: Case Studies.

Appendix B: Additional Readings.


Name Index.

Subject Index.

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