What Are Health Disparities?


Dr. Rodgers is joined by the director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable to explain how health disparities affect a person’s ability to stay healthy.

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DR. RODGERS: Did you know that race, ethnicity, poverty and education can put some people at higher risk for health problems?

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

My colleague, Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable, director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities explains:

DR. PÉREZ-STABLE: Health disparities refer to worse outcomes in health and health care that involve a range of social, behavioral, biological, economic, and environmental factors in groups that are disadvantaged. For example, people from minority groups and low-income people are more likely to go without health insurance compared to Whites and people with higher incomes. These same groups may also receive poorer health care.

Health disparities affect a person’s ability to stay healthy. To learn more, visit www.nimhd.nih.gov.

DR. RODGERS: Follow us on Twitter @NIDDKgov. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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