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Eliminating Health Disparities

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Date Developed: 02/19/2009. Source: University at Albany School of Public Health. Presenter(s): Susan Scrimshaw, PhD; Wade S. Norwood. Type: Video. Level: Intermediate. Length: 60 minutes.


This hour-long lecture introduces the concept of health disparities and presents ways of addressing them at a community level. The first guest lecturer, Dr. Susan Scrimshaw, describes current issues within the U.S. Health System and how recent demographic shifts in the population will change the provision of health care. She provides examples of health disparities, including those that exist in outcomes, causes of disease, interventions, and opportunities to promote health. She also describes the effect of stress on health, and presents examples of the power of community-level preventive services in improving social equity and health status. She concludes her portion of the discussion by describing necessary components of health reform, forces of change, and the importance of community involvement. Next, Mr. Wade Norwood provides some real-life examples of health disparities and community-level data from the Finger Lakes Region. Slide handouts are available to print.

Learning Objectives

• Define health disparities.

• Identify factors which contribute to health disparities.

• Describe a community-wide effort to align strategies and interventions to de-mystify and intitutionalize strategies to eliminate health disparities.

Special Instructions

To access the video, click on “Archived Broadcast” on the upper right of the landing page. In the gray box Useful Links, click on Watch Now to see a vimeo of the webcast

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $225,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.