Vulnerable Populations in the United States, 2nd Edition
November 2010, Jossey-Bass
Praise for the First Edition of Vulnerable Populations in the United States
"An excellent primer for undergraduates and graduate students
interested in vulnerable populations and health disparities."
—New England Journal of Medicine
"Combines thoughtful, coherent theory with a large amount of
information available in a single source. It will prove to be a
valuable resource for policymakers, researchers, teachers, and
students alike for years to come."
—Journal of the American Medical Association
"A very worthwhile read for health care administrators, health
policy analysts, public health and health promotion practitioners,
students of public health, and health researchers."
"It makes clear that, for political, social, and economic (as
well as moral) reasons, the country must increasingly make
vulnerable populations a national health policy priority."
—Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
"I have reviewed a number of books looking for meaningful
content to help my students understand and work with vulnerable
populations. This is the most comprehensive, yet understandable
book on the topic."
"Provides much-needed guidance to policymakers challenged with
providing solutions to this embarrassing issue in the United
—F. Douglas Scutchfield, MD, Peter P. Bosomworth Professor of Health Services Research and Policy, University of Kentucky
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1 A General Framework to Study Vulnerable Populations.
Why Study Vulnerable Populations?
Models for Studying Vulnerability.
The Vulnerability Model: A New Conceptual Framework.
2 Community Determinants and Mechanisms of Vulnerability.
Race and Ethnicity.
Multiple Risk Factors.
3 The Infl uence of Individual Risk Factors.
Racial and Ethnic Disparities.
Socioeconomic Status Disparities.
Health Insurance Disparities.
4 The Infl uence of Multiple Risk Factors.
Health Care Access.
Quality of Health Care.
5 Current Strategies to Serve Vulnerable Populations.
Programs to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities.
Programs to Eliminate Socioeconomic Disparities.
Programs to Eliminate Disparities in Health Insurance.
6 Resolving Disparities in the United States.
The Healthy People Initiative.
Framework to Resolve Disparities.
Resolving Disparities in Health and Health Care.
Integrative Approaches to Resolving Disparities.
Challenges and Barriers in Implementing the Strategies.
Course of Action for Resolving Disparities.
Gregory D. Stevens is assistant professor of family medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.