Health Equity

A Solutions-Focused Approach








This is a comprehensive textbook that illustrates existing conditions of health disparities across a range of populations in the United States, positions those disparities within the broader sociopolitical framework that leads to their existence, and most importantly presents specific ways in which health equity solutions can be designed and implemented. Presenting current theoretical foundations, cultural context, and evidence-based models and interventions all in one, this textbook provides students with the basis to achieve greater health equity in their communities. Edited by award-winning authors and featuring contributions from diverse experts in public health, sociology, psychology, and medicine, this groundbreaking text goes beyond a traditional approach to risk factors and disparities and emphasizes the central role health equity initiatives must play in public health research and practice. The book is divided into three sections. Section one focuses on providing the context of health equity research and practice. Chapters are structured in a way that both new and experienced students in the field will develop a deeper understanding of topics such as prejudice and discrimination; frameworks and theories; and research and collaboration approaches. Section two addresses current knowledge about specific populations impacted by issues related to health equity, including African American, Latino and Hispanic, Asian, American Indian and Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, LGBTQ, Veteran, People with Disabilities, and many more. The chapters summarize how health disparities impact the group, ongoing population-specific models of disparities and equity, and emerging programs for achieving health equity and covers the most relevant aspects of intersectionality. Section three highlights the role of cultural humility in achieving health equity. With its solutions-focused and community-affirming approach, the book provides graduate and undergraduate students of public health with evidence-based models to help advance health through diversity, inclusion, and social justice.

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