NIH Launches Program to Study Social Health Disparities

Modern Healthcare—August 24, 2016

Modern Healthcare writer Elizabeth Whitman reports about a new program led by the National Institute of Health that is dedicated to studying the high rates of health disparities and their impact on different health outcomes for certain racial and ethnic groups.

Michael L. Parks, MD, a hip and knee surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, contributes to the article: "There are so many factors. If we knew every cause and effect for disparities, we'd be able to knock them down one by one." Dr. Parks adds, "In some poor neighborhoods, people may have nowhere to exercise, or they might live in food deserts, contributing to the development of chronic diseases."

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