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Eliminating Healthcare Disparities in America

Beyond the IOM Report

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  • © 2007


  • Chapters written by the best scholars of healthcare disparities
  • Conveniently divided into sections that address the history of disparities, approaches to change, and what’s currently working

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In Eliminating Healthcare Disparities in America, Dr. Richard Allen Williams assembles the very best scholars on healthcare disparities to raise the public consciousness of this issue. These experts provide the benefits of their experience and expertise as a resource for helping others to make judicious determinations about how to proceed in efforts to improve the disparities in American healthcare. Arranged into discrete categories, this volume contains comprehensive coverage, both historical and current, of the healthcare disparity crisis currently plaguing our country in hopes of leading us all to a brighter future. The volume includes chapters of examples that are currently working and concludes with recommendations on how to move forward. The text is not intended to be one in which all of the answers are given to the multitude of problems. Instead, Eliminating Healthcare Disparities in America is intended to raise the reader’s level of consciousness and concern and to increase the knowledge base about the issues. This groundbreaking text will be an initial spark that ignites the fire that may one day eliminate healthcare disparities in communities around the country.

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Table of contents (18 chapters)

  1. Underlying Causes of Healthcare Disparities

  2. Current Problems

  3. Approaches to Correcting the Problems

  4. Examples of What Works


From the reviews:

"Richard Allen Williams has assembled a diverse group of contributors – academic researchers, activists, frontline practitioners, and officials of public health agencies – to produce what could have been a sort of interim progress report on the attempt to achieve racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic equity in the quality of health care. … the core of this collection, offer much that will be of interest to those who are not familiar with the field." (H. Jack Geiger, The New England Journal of Medicine, March, 2008)

"In Eliminating Healthcare Disparities In America: Beyond the IOM Report, Richard A. Williams has assembled a fine collection of articles that thoughtfully address the issue of health care disparities in the aftermath of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Unequal Treatment. I recommend the book to experts and novices interested in the topic. The book is divided into 5 sections … ." (Darrell J. Gaskin, Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 298 (24), 2007)

"Dr. Richard Allen Williams provides a timely text that illuminates the issue of healthcare disparities in a clear and concise format. … This extraordinary presentation of disparities which has as its first reference, the Bible, is a must read for anyone interested in African American history. … this timely book is a must read for anyone interested in healthcare disparities and all healthcare providers and administrators in the healthcare field." (Elise D. Cook, JAMA, September, 2007)

Editors and Affiliations

  • The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, USA

    Richard Allen Williams

  • The Minority Health Institute, Inc., Los Angeles

    Richard Allen Williams

  • Institute for the Advancement of Multicultural and Minority Medicine, Washington, DC

    Richard Allen Williams

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