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From Health Disparities to Health Equity

on Sat, 03/16/2013 - 15:46

The latest two articles have been related to health inequality. The Concept of Inequality introduces the concept of inequality featuring a video that show the distribution of wealth in United States of Americas, and Gender Inequality around the World uses the gender inequality index to highlight and provide insights into gender disparities taking into account health, empowerment and labor force market in 146 countries. The first one is about the concept, but only mentioned slightly the difference between inequality and equity and the second one is a case study article analyzing the level and trends of gender inequality in across countries of the world. 

This week, on February 25, it was published on YouTube the video From Health Disparity to Health Equity by Dr. Paula Braveman, which was the featured on January 31, 2013 at the Learning Lunch hosted by The Colorado Trust.  This is a sound presentation about equity and disparities, and the operationalization of these concepts in the context of public health, so I thought it is a good opportunity to share it with readers.

This is a treasured resource for all readers interested in  learning the key elements of definitions and concepts around equity, disparity and fairness in health care.

Dr. Braveman is a leading national expert on health equity and director of the Center on Social Disparities in Health within the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She is widely renowned for her efforts to help policy and health leaders better understand and address wide and persistent disparities in health and health care between social groups in the United States and worldwide.

T.R. Reid moderated a discussion with Dr. Braveman following her initial remarks. Reid is well known for his long-time reporting for The Washington Post and National Public Radio (NPR) commentaries, and author of such works as "The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care."