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The public's health, its national identity, and the continuing dilemma of minority status.

Murray-García, J (1999) The public's health, its national identity, and the continuing dilemma of minority status. Journal of health care for the poor and underserved, 10 (4). pp. 397-408. ISSN 1049-2089

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Racial and ethnic disparities in health status are persistent phenomena well described in the arena of public health. Such disparities are perhaps best understood in their full social, political, and historical context. While recognizing the rich literature on social determinants of health, this paper provides a specific discussion of the status of "the minority" in the United States. The dynamic nature of the American identity is first presented, along with implications for differential health status. Next discussed are emerging paradigms in research and intervention that incorporate the dynamic nature of the American identity as both an explanation and an opportunity for remedy of health status disparities. Finally, a critical leadership role for the public health profession is proposed as urgently needed and as yet incompletely embraced.

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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alienation, health promotion, minority populations, prevention, public health education, racism, social determinants of health
Subjects: Health > Disparities
Health > Public Health
Practice > interventions
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Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2011 12:15
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2011 12:15
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/3578

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