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Minority Health and Health Disparities

A guide to minority health and health disparities research.

Clinical Conversations Training Program

Clinical Conversation Training Program

Clinical Conversations is a program from the Network of the National Library of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) for training clinicians and other clinical staff who interact with patients about health literacy and related concepts. This program allows clinical trainers or managers to offer brief trainings 


Health Disparity
A decline in a dynamic state or condition of physical and psychological wellbeing for one individual or group compared with another that is not a result of individual physiologic variance (Fink, 2009).

Healthcare Disparities
Difference in access to or availability of medical facilities and services (MeSH Controlled Vocabulary, 2008).

Health Status Disparities
Variation in the rates of disease occurance and disabilities between socioeconomic and/or geographically defined population groups (MeSH controlled Vocabulary, 2008).

Minority Health
The concept covering the physical and mental conditions of members of minority groups (MeSH Controlled Vocabulary, 2008).

Fink, A. M. (2009). Toward a new definition of health disparity: a concept analysis. Journal of Transcultural Nursing: Official Journal of the Transcultural Nursing Society / Transcultural Nursing Society, 20(4), 349-357. doi:10.1177/1043659609340802

Why does it Matter?

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Diversity Awareness Self-Assessment

Race, Ethnicity and Health Care - Reports, Fact Sheets, Explainers from the Kaiser Family Foundation

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