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Every day there are health disparities experienced by some populations as the result of poverty, ethnicity, and/or marginalized social status. The Health Resources and Services Administration defines health disparities as "population-specific differences in the presence of disease, health outcomes, or access to health care."

We seek to study the gaps in the quality of health and health care across racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. How can the United States ensure that its most vulnerable individuals have access to health care? What policies could reduce health care disparities? How can factors that are present early in life such as nutritional and environmental conditions affect health in subsequent years, and what sorts of early interventions might best prevent future health problems?

See below to learn more about our investigators and their research in this area.

Shari Barkin, M.D., M.S.H.S.

Adriana Bialostozky, M.D.

Kecia Carroll, M.D., M.P.H.



 
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