Wayne State University

Aim Higher

Health and Health Disparities

Health and Health Disparities 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, young people from racial and ethnic minority groups in the United States suffer disproportionately from a number of preventable diseases and health problems. These disparities begin early and often continue throughout one’s life, and can result directly from poverty, unequal access to health care due to a lack of insurance, poor environmental conditions, educational inequalities and individual behaviors. FOCIS discourse on health disparities will consider these issues in addition to cost-effective health care and successful policies for providing health care to socially and economically disadvantaged populations as defined by race or ethnicity, socio-economic status, geography, gender, age and other factors.