The Quest for Health Equity

Angela Sauaia, MD, PhD
University of Colorado, Colorado, USA

Series: Health Care Issues, Costs and Access
BISAC: HEA028000

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Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick

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This book focuses on the achievement of health equity. It proposes pragmatic, feasible plans to greatly reduce them or perhaps eliminate them. Health is taken here in its most global sense, as defined by the WHO: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”, which includes the achievement of one’s full career potential (e.g. equality of opportunity for minorities to become public health professionals). In this book, the author address disparities existing in several populations to include (but not be limited to) low-income, racial and ethnic minorities, women, children, low literacy, disabled, GLBTI, as well as other groups who are victims of health disparities. While the needs of these populations are discussed openly and candidly, the author vigorously fights stereotyping of specific groups.

The book will expose the institutionalized, personally-mediated and internalized mechanisms, which cause or perpetuate differences in opportunities, stresses and exposures as well as in health care access and quality. Currently, health disparities represent the most important challenge of public health. This book proposes to unveil often undetected, neglected aspects of health disparities embedded in all aspects of health and healthcare as well as medical research.

Concepts are discussed based on critical appraisal of available evidence in current literature. Uncomfortable issues such as racism and discrimination in health and health care are discussed, respectfully but openly. These issues are never easy to talk about; however, being too comfortable often means very little change. Being uncomfortable can be a stimulus for change. (Imprint: Nova)

Preface

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1. Health and Health Equity: Definitions, Epidemiology and Data Sources

Chapter 2. Health Disparities Measurements: No Tools is No Excuse for Bad Tools

Chapter 3. Institutionalized Causes of Health Inequities and the Social Determinants of Health

Chapter 4. Personally-Mediated Mechanisms of Health Disparities

Chapter 5. Internalized Causes of Health Disparities or “The White Man’s Ice Is Colder”

Chapter 6. Cultural Competence and Cross-Cultural Communication in Health Care

Chapter 7. Language Related Barriers: Interpretation and Translation in Health and Health Care

Chapter 8. Academic and Financial Aspects in Health Inequities

Chapter 9. Community Engagement, Empowerment and Capacity-Building

Chapter 10. Health Inequities in the LGBT Populations: The Invisible Minority

Chapter 11. Injustice in Health Research

Chapter 12. Environmental Injustice

Chapter 13. Specific Issues Regarding Health Inequities in American Indians and Alaska Natives

Chapter 14. Patient Navigators

Chapter 15. Pathways to Health Equity Solutions

References

Index

"Many of us yearn for a future in which health is seen more as a basic human right to be protected than as an earned commodity to be marketed. “The Quest for Health Equity” lights the pathway between here and there. Science is needed to move us forward on that path over time, but passion is needed to get us onto that path in the first place. Much like its author, Angela Sauaia, this book is a blend of science and passion. “The Quest for Health Equity” will therefore probably become a very popular textbook for students who want to learn about this topic. For those of us who are more seasoned, this book will be a useful reminder to get back onto the path toward equity, and a useful guide for how we might move forward toward a better future." - Tim Byers, MD, MPH; Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, Colorado School of Public Health Associate Director for Cancer Prevention and Control, University of Colorado Cancer Center.

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