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Jennifer Corcoran ♦ 2015 Global Scholars Symposium

Title: Addressing the Causes of Socioeconomic and Race/Ethnic Disparities in Health in the U.S.

Abstract: Persons of low socioeconomic status and those of racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. face worse health outcomes than wealthier persons and non-minorities. These inequalities arise from a wide variety of factors, including disparities in the quality of services provided within the healthcare system, variable access to care, and social circumstances. These circumstances, or social determinants of health, contribute heavily to one’s health outcomes. By approaching these inequalities using an international lens and a system-wide approach, researchers can provide a better understanding of why disparities in health outcomes have arisen in the U.S. and what potential actions could help reduce them.

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