Minority Populations and Health: An Introduction to Health Disparities in the United States
April 2005, ©2005, Jossey-Bass
"This is a very comprehensive, evidence-based book dealing with the health disparities that plague the United States. This is a welcome and valuable addition to the field of health care for minority groups in the United States."-- Doody's Publishers Bulletin, August 2005
"Health isn’t color-blind. Racial minorities disproportionately suffer from some diseases, but experts say race alone doesn’t completely account for the disparities. Newsweek's Jennifer Barrett Ozols spoke with Thomas LaVeist, director of the Center for Health Disparities Solutions at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and author of the upcoming book, "Minority Populations and Health: An Introduction to Health Disparities in the U.S." (Jossey-Bass) about race and medicine. "-- MSNBC/Newsweek interview with author Thomas L. LaVeist, February 2005
"The book is readable and organized to be quickly read with specifics readily retrievable. It is comprehensive and visual."-- Journal of the American Medical Association, September 2005
Minority Populations and Health is a textbook that offers a complete foundation in the core issues and theoretical frameworks for the development of policy and interventions to address race disparities in health-related outcomes. This book covers U.S. health and social policy, the role of race and ethnicity in health research, social factors contributing to mortality, longevity and life expectancy, quantitative and demographic analysis and access, and utilization of health services. Instructors material available at http://www.minorityhealth.com
About the Author.
1. Historical Aspects of Race/Ethnicity and Health.
PART ONE: CROSSCUTTING ISSUES.
2. Conceptual Issues in Race/Ethnicity and Health.
3. The Demography of American Racial/Ethnic Minorities.
PART TWO: MORBIDITY, MORTALITY, AND RACIAL/ETHNIC DISPARITIES IN HEALTH.
4. The Epidemiological Profile of Racial/Ethnic Minorities.
5. Mental Health with Duane Thomas, Ph.D.
6. Health Care Services Among Racial/Ethnic Groups.
PART THREE: ETIOLOGY OF RACIAL/ETHNIC DIFFERENCES IN HEALTH.
7. Theories of Racial/Ethnic Differences in Health.
8. Socioeconomic Status and Racial/Ethnic Differences in Health.
9. Behavior and Health.
PART FOUR: RACIAL/ETHNIC GROUP–SPECIFIC HEALTH ISSUES.
10. African American Health Issues.
11. American Indian and Alaska Native Health Issues.
12. Asian and Pacific Islander Health Issues.
13. Hispanic/Latino Health Issues.
PART FIVE: CONCLUSIONS.
14. Addressing Disparities in Health and Health Care.
Appendix A: Case Studies.
Appendix B: Additional Readings.
—Harold W. Neighbors, Ph.D., professor, health behavior and health education, director, Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health, and associate director, Program for Research on Black Americans, University of Michigan School of Public Health
"This introductory text offers a well-written overview of the epidemiology and etiology of health disparities in American ethnic and racial minority populations."
—Martha N. Hill, Ph.D., R.N., dean and professor, The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
"Minority Populations and Health provides a thorough overview of racial/ethnic disparities in health and health care in the United States and thoughtfully highlights some of the key issues and tensions surrounding this important American health crisis."
—Joseph R. Betancourt, M.D., M.P.H., senior scientist, Partners-Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Policy, director of multicultural education, Massachusetts General Hospital, and assistant professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School