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

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Minority Populations and Health

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.

Praise for Minority Populations and Health

"Dr. LaVeist has written a valuable textbook on one of the most important yet least understood public health issues of our day: racial and ethnic health disparities in the United States. Dr. LaVeist's book is a must-read for anyone concerned about public health and social justice in the United States."
—Harold W. Neighbors, Ph.D., professor, health behavior and health education, director, Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health, and associate director, Program for Research on Black Americans, University of Michigan School of Public Health

"This introductory text offers a well-written overview of the epidemiology and etiology of health disparities in American ethnic and racial minority populations."
—Martha N. Hill, Ph.D., R.N., dean and professor, The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

"Minority Populations and Health provides a thorough overview of racial/ethnic disparities in health and health care in the United States and thoughtfully highlights some of the key issues and tensions surrounding this important American health crisis."
—Joseph R. Betancourt, M.D., M.P.H., senior scientist, Partners-Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Policy, director of multicultural education, Massachusetts General Hospital, and assistant professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School

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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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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: 252,112
  • Product dimensions: 7.26 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 1.14 (d)

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