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Eliminating Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities: Reconsidering Comparative Approaches

Bediako, Shawn M. and Griffith, Derek M. (2007) Eliminating Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities: Reconsidering Comparative Approaches. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, 2 (1). pp. 51-64.

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Abstract

The focus on eliminating racial/ethnic health disparities has brought critical attention to the poor health status of minority populations. Assessing the health outcomes of racial minority groups by comparing them to a racial majority standard is valuable for identifying and monitoring health inequities, but may not be the most effective approach to identifying strategies that can be used to improve minority health outcomes. Health promotion planning models and public health history both suggest that minority health promotion is more likely to be derived from interventions rooted in culturally and historically grounded contextual factors. In this essay, we highlight limitations of comparative approaches to minority health research and argue that integrating emic (or within-group) approaches may facilitate research and interventions more consonant with national goals to promote health and reduce disparities than comparative approaches.


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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The link takes you to the whole journal volume. You must navigate to page 51 to read the article. Access to full text is subject to the publisher's access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Race/ethnicity; health disparities; comparative methodology; National Negro Health Movement
Subjects: Health > Disparities
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    Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2008
    Last Modified: 18 May 2011 17:33
    Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/889

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