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Missing the forest for the trees: Is focusing on cultural competence undermining the elimination of health disparities?

Anderson, Jim (2011) Missing the forest for the trees: Is focusing on cultural competence undermining the elimination of health disparities? Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

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Abstract

Data suggests that the millions of dollars and hours spent on attacking racial and other health disparities have yielded very little progress. For those of us hell-bent on reducing and eliminating disparities in care, this is rough to hear. My own work and interest in implicit bias and unconscious stereotyping (Project Implicit offers information on this topic as well as Implicit Association Tests) has led me to see social determinants and implicit bias as the two missing links in the health disparities puzzle. Ironically, these seem to be the two pieces most commonly left out when conceptualizing how health...


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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: implicit bias, unconscious stereotyping, chronic societal stressors, social determinants, systemic causes of ill health
Subjects: Health > Disparities
Health > Policy
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    Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2011 14:05
    Last Modified: 30 Nov 2011 14:05
    Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/3625

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