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.
Related APA Publications
APA Offices and Programs
- Health Disparities Initiative
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.