Child Health Disparities in the 21st Century

Charles N Oberg, Sonja Colianni, Leslie King-Schultz

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The topic of persistent child health disparities remains a priority for policymakers and a concern for pediatric clinicians. Health disparities are defined as differences in adverse health outcomes for specific health indicators that exist across sub-groups of the population, frequently between minority and majority populations. This review will highlight the gains that have been made since the 1990s as well as describe disparities that have persisted or have worsened into the 21st century. It will also examine the most potent social determinants and their impact on the major disparities in mortality, preventive care, chronic disease, mental health, educational outcomes, and exposure to selected environmental toxins. Each section concludes with a description of interventions and innovations that have been successful in reducing child health disparities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-312
Number of pages22
JournalCurrent problems in pediatric and adolescent health care
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

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