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NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCES HEALTH DISPARITIES STRATEGIC PLAN

National Institute of, Environmental Health Sciences (2002) NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCES HEALTH DISPARITIES STRATEGIC PLAN. UNSPECIFIED.

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    Abstract

    Health disparities exist between citizens of lower socioeconomic status (including minorities and other medically underserved citizens) and those more economically advantaged. Examples where health disparities exist include: shorter life expectancy, higher cancer rates, more birth defects, greater infant mortality, and higher incidence of asthma, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. These health discrepancies involve increased morbidity and mortality rates associated with increased incidences of disease. The ways in which poverty and other factors create these health disparities are still poorly understood. There is increasing evidence that these groups are burdened with a disproportionate share of residential and occupational exposure to hazardous substances such as lead, PCBs, wood dusts, and air pollutants. Thus, both social and physical environmental exposures represent an important area of investigation for understanding and ameliorating the health disparities suffered by the disadvantaged of this nation.


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    Item Type: Other
    Uncontrolled Keywords: health disparities, environmental health sciences
    Subjects: Health > Disparities
    Practice > outreach
    Practice > interventions
    Practice > service
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      Depositing User: Kismet Loftin-Bell
      Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2011
      Last Modified: 07 Jul 2011 16:47
      Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/82

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