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Disparities in Specific Populations
Disparities in Women's Health: Issues Facing Native American and Alaska Native Women

The Native American and Alaska Native population in the United States is compromised of nearly 600 different federally recognized tribes. Each subgroup within the broad Native American and Alaska Native population has its own unique health challenges and needs. However, as a whole, the group continues to face multiple disparities in health care outcomes.  Read more



Disparities in Women's Health: Issues Facing Hispanic Women

For years, epidemiologists have studied what is often called the "Hispanic paradox" when it comes to the health of the Hispanic population in the United States. Overall, Hispanics tend to live longer than non-Hispanic whites - even though they face disparities in access to care and other socioeconomic factors. Read more



Disparities in Women's Health: Issues Facing Asian and Pacific Islander Women

The Asian and Pacific Islander population in the United States includes a wide range of subgroups, such as Chinese, Indian, Filipino, Korean, Vietnamese, and Japanese Americans, as well as many others. When viewed as a whole, Asian and Pacific Islander women have average or above-average outcomes in some areas of health. However, disparities remain - especially when this population is broken down into specific groups. Read more



Disparities in Women's Health: Challenges in the Appalachian Region

Appalachia is a large geographic region in the United States surrounding the Appalachian Mountains that includes parts of 13 states—from northwest Mississippi up to southern New York. Many studies and data sets have shown disparities in care when it comes to the urban-rural divide. However, women in the Appalachian region, in particular, face several disparities in health. Read more



Disparities in Health Care for Immigrants and Refugees

Immigrants and refugees often face unique challenges in health care access, preventive care, and health outcomes. Studies show that refugee, immigrant, or migrant status may be associated with maternal health issues, lower rates of prenatal care, or increased rates of sexual assault in women. Read more

Disparities in Women's Health: The Impact of Poverty

Socioeconomic factors like income level and poverty have long been recognized for their influence on health. While many programs have helped bridge the health care gap for women from low-income households, disparities still exist, and the issue of poverty and health remains complex. Read more



Disparities in Women's Health: Care for the LGBT Population

Many gaps and opportunities exist in the care of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and other sexual minorities (LGBT). Some common areas of health care where LGBT women particularly face challenges include substance abuse, mental health disorders, physical and sexual violence, cancer screening, obesity, and fertility. Read more



Disparities in Women's Health: Caring for Women with Disabilities

Women with chronic illnesses, intellectual disabilities, and physical disabilities may face unique challenges when navigating and utilizing health care services. Specifically, an article in the American Journal of Public Health identifies people with disabilities as an "unrecognized health disparity population." Read more



Disparities in Women's Health: Caring for Young Women and Adolescents

Adolescents and young women often face disparities in sexual health care, as well as mental health and substance abuse. Some of the major barriers to care include educational inequalities, challenges with accessing care, behavioral factors, and socioeconomic factors. Read more



Inequities in Health Outcomes in the Delta Region

The Delta region of the United States includes parts of 13 states—Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. When compared to other regions in the county, residents of this region are more likely to face health disparities, particularly in rural areas. Read more


Racism, Biases, and Discrimination as Contributors to Health Disparities

Among contributors to health disparities, studies often cite racism, biases, and discrimination as factors that affect minority populations. Minority patients, especially Black Americans, report experiencing higher rates of discrimination in healthcare. African Americans often have less access to health providers from the same racial group, and systematic processes may further contribute to ongoing racial biases. Read more