Health disparities definitions vary (Carter-Pokras & Baquet, 2002), but they all address differences in health status between one population group in comparison to a more advantaged group and most address issues of social justice and equity.
Populations represented by APA’s Public Interest Directorate’s offices and programs can also be considered health disparity populations.
Adapted from APA's Health Disparities Initiative.
Research on Health Disparities
- Fact Sheet: Health Disparities
Health disparities definitions vary but they all address differences in health status between one population group in comparison to a more advantaged group and most address issues of social justice and equity.
- Fact Sheet: Health Disparities and Stress
Social and biological stress on health suggests a link between socioeconomic status and ethnic societal disparities.
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons & Socioeconomic Status
Discrimination of LGBT persons in the workplace is a significant factor in the differences in socioeconomic status for LGBT persons.
Monitor on Psychology Articles
- Update on the Affordable Care Act
- How psychologists are helping to reduce health disparities
- Inequity to equity
- Expanding care
APA Offices and Programs
- Health Disparities Initiative
The initiative increases support for research, training, public education and interventions that improve health and reduce health disparities among underserved and vulnerable populations. Check back for news and nominations information.
- Socioeconomic Status Office
The Office on Socioeconomic Status is responsible for directing, overseeing, facilitating and promoting psychology’s contribution to the understanding of SES and the lives and well-being of the poor.
- Public Interest Directorate
Applies psychology to the fundamental problems of human welfare and the promotion of equitable and just treatment of all segments of society through education, training, and public policy.