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ROUNDTABLE ON HEALTH DISPARITIES* Nicole Lurie (Chair), Senior Natural Scientist, RAND Corporation, Arlington, VA Victoria Holloway Barbosa, President, Dermal Insights, Inc., Chicago, IL Anne C. Beal, Senior Program Officer, Quality of Care for Underserved Populations, The Commonwealth Fund, New York Cheryl A. Boyce, Executive Director, Ohio Commission on Minority Health, Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Performing Arts, Columbus, OH America Bracho, CEO, Latino Health Access, Anaheim, CA Francis D. Chesley, Director, Office of Extramural Research, Education and Priority Populations, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD Todd Cox, Program Officer, Racial Justice and Minority Right, Ford Foundation, New York William F. Crimi, Vice President, Program and Evaluation, Connecticut Health Foundation, New Britain, CT Alicia Dixon, Program Officer, The California Endowment, Los Angeles JosÃ© J. Escarce, Professor of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles Garth N. Graham, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Minority Health Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health, Rockville, MD Tom Granatir, Director, Policy and Communications, Innovation Center Humana, Inc., Chicago, IL Cara V. James, Senior Policy Analyst, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Washington, DC Jennie R. Joe, Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, and Director, NARTC, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ James R. Kimmey, President and CEO, Missouri Foundation for Health, St. Louis, MO Howard K. Koh, Associate Dean and Director, Division of Public Health Practice, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA James Krieger, Chief, Epidemiology Planning and Evaluation Unit, Seattle, WA Anne C. Kubisch, Co-Director, Roundtable on Community Change, Aspen Institute, New York *â IOM forums and roundtables do not issue, review, or approve individual documents. The responsibility for the published workshop summary rests with the workshop rapporteur and the institution.
Jeffrey Levi, Executive Director, Trust for Americaâs Health, Washington,Â DC James C. Lewin, Chief Executive Officer, American College of Cardiology, Washington, DC Jane Isaacs Lowe, Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ Richard K. Murray, Vice President, External Medical and Scientific Affairs, U.S. Human Health, Merck and Company, Inc., North Wales, PA Gary D. Nelson, President, Healthcare Georgia Foundation, Atlanta, GA Samuel Nussbaum, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, WellPoint, Inc., Indianapolis, IN Michael W. Painter, Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ David P. Pryor, Medical Director, Aetna; Founder, Black Women Health.com, Thousand Oaks, CA Steve M. Pu, General Surgeon, Missouri Foundation for Health, Kennett,Â MO Kyu Rhee, Director, Office of Innovation and Program Coordination, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD Mark D. Smith, President and CEO, California Health Care Foundation, Oakland Mildred Thompson, Senior Director, PolicyLink, Center for Health and Place, Oakland, CA Pattie Tucker, Lead Health Scientist, Community and Health Program, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA Winston F. Wong, Medical Director, Community Benefit Director, Disparities Improvement and Quality Initiatives, Kaiser Permanente Federation, Oakland, CA Terri D. Wright, Program Director, Health Policy, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI IOM Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice Liaisons Samuel So, Professor, Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford,Â CA William A. Vega, Professor, Department of Family Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles vi
Staff Faith Mitchell, Senior Program Officer (through July 2007) Jennifer A. Cohen, Program Officer (July 2007 through the present) Rose Marie Martinez, Board Director Thelma L. Cox, Senior Program Assistant Christie Bell, Financial Officer Christine McShane, Editor Hope Hare, Administrative Assistant vii
Reviewers T his report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Councilâs Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confiden- tial to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report: Sharon E. Barrett, Association of Clinicians for the Underserved Anne C. Beal, The Commonwealth Fund Howard K. Koh, Harvard School of Public Health Brian D. Smedley, Opportunity Agenda Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Dr.Â Melvin Worth. Appointed by the Institute of Medicine, he was respon- sible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the author and the institution. ix
Contents Preface xiii List of Acronyms xvii 1 Introduction 1 2 The Impact of Geography on Health Disparities in the United States: Different Perspectives 7 3 Clinical and Community-Development Approaches to Reducing Disparities 47 4 Successful Clinical and Community-Development Strategies 69 5 Health Disparities in a Business Environment 91 6 Moving Forward 103 APPENDIXES A Agenda of the Public Meeting Held by the Roundtable on Health Disparities 111 B Workshop Presentersâ Biosketches and Participant List 115 C Eight Americas: Investigating Mortality Disparities Across Races, Counties, and Race-Counties in the United States 131 D Community Approaches to Addressing Health Disparities 161 xi
Preface I n early 2007, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies con- vened the Roundtable on Health Disparities to increase the Â visibility of racial and ethnic health disparities as a national problem, further the development of programs and strategies to reduce disparities, foster the emergence of leadership on this issue, and track promising activities and developments in health care that could lead to dramatically reducing or eliminating disparities. The Roundtable on Health Disparities includes representatives from the health professions, state and local government, foundations, philanthropy, academia, advocacy groups, and community- based organizations. Its mission is to facilitate communication across sectors andâabove allâto generate action. Through national and local activities, the Roundtable strives to advance the goal of eliminating health disparities. On July 31, 2007, the first workshop of the Roundtable on Health Dis- parities was held at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, Missouri. To help stimulate new thinking about solutions and to inform its future meet- ings and discussions, the Roundtable brought together a diverse group of participants from a variety of fields to discuss racial and ethnic differences in life expectancy in the United States. Measured in terms of life expectancy, tens of millions of Americans experience levels of health that are more typical of middle- and low-income developing countries. These mortality differences are caused primarily by chronic diseases and injuries with well- established risk factors and are potentially amenable to intervention. The goals of the workshop were to increase the Roundtableâs understanding of (1) the importance of differences in life expectancy within the United States, xiii
xiv PREFACE (2) the reasons for the differences, and (3) the implications of this informa- tion for programs and policy makers. This workshop provided the Roundtable members and sponsors with an opportunity to hear from a diverse group of people from across the country and to engage in an open dialogue about relevant issues and con- cerns related to reducing health disparities. Workshop participants offered different points of view and shared unique approaches for reducing dispari- ties. While some of the workshop participants work on reducing disparities in health care, others strive to alleviate health disparities by addressing fac- tors that determine a personâs overall health, called the social or nonÂmedical determinants of health. This workshop provided an open forum during which representatives from these two disparate groups could share their evidence, research, experiences, and knowledge and, together with other workshop attendees, strategize actionable goals, remedies, and solutions for reducing health disparities. Acknowledgments The Roundtable on Health Disparities would like to thank all of the workshop participants for their individual contributions to this workshop. The participantsâ willingness to share their time and expertise helped to inform the attendees and led to frank discussions about disparities in the United States. We would like to thank Drs. Horowitz and Lawlor for collaborating on a background paper that was commissioned by the RoundÂtable for this workshop. Their paper, âCommunity Approaches to Addressing Health Disparities,â is in Appendix D. We would also like to thank Dr.Â MurrayÂ for providing the Roundtable with a copy of his paper âEight Americas: Investigating Disparities Across Races, Â Counties, and Race-ÂCounties in the United Statesâ to further clarify the material in his presentation. Dr.Â Murrayâs published paper is in Appendix C. Â Presentersâ biosketches and a listing of workshop participants can be found in A Â ppendixÂ B. We would also like to extend our appreciation to Dr. Henry Givens, President of Harris-Stowe State University, for hosting the workshop in the Bank of America Theater at Emerson Performance Center on the Harris- Stowe State University Campus. We are also indebted to Dr. James ÂKimmey, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Missouri Foundation for Health, for sponsoring this workshop and for Dr. Kimmeyâs tireless efforts to ensure that the workshop was a success. Special thanks are also extended to Damon Green from the Missouri Foundation for Health for all of his hard work and exceptional organizational skills. The Roundtable on Health Disparities would also like to thank IOM staff for their ongoing efforts to support the work of the Roundtable.
PREFACE xv S Â incere gratitude is extended to Dr. Rose Marie Martinez, the Director of the Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice; Dr. Faith Mitchell, for coordinating and overseeing the formation of the Roundtable and for planning and organizing this workshop; Jennifer Cohen, for her dedication to writing this workshop summary and for her oversight and management of the Roundtable after Faithâs departure; and Thelma Cox, for skillfully overseeing all of the administrative responsibilities. We would also like to acknowledge the work of IOM staff members Christie Bell, Lara Andersen, Tia Carter, and Hope Hare for their ongoing assistance and support. We also gratefully acknowledge the efforts of IOM Anniversary Fellow, Roderick King, for reviewing early drafts of this summary and providing helpful advice. Finally, we would like to thank all the sponsors who make the RoundÂ table on Health Disparities a reality. Financial support for this Roundtable was provided by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; the Â California Endowment; the California HealthCare FoundaÂ tion; the CommonÂwealth Fund; the Connecticut Health Foundation; the Ford Foundation; the Healthcare Georgia Foundation; the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation; Kaiser Permanente; Merck; the Â Missouri Foundation for Health; the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Dr. Nicole Lurie, Chair Roundtable on Health Disparities
List of Acronyms BRFSS Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System CBP community-based planning CBPR community-based participatory research CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CEO chief executive officer CHW community health worker CLAS cultural and linguistically appropriate services CTSA Clinical Translational Science Award GAVI Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization HRSA Health Resources and Services Administration LISC Local Initiatives Support Corporation MTO Move to Opportunity NCHS National Center for Health Statistics NHANES National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey NIH National Institutes of Health REACH Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health YRBS Youth Risk Behavior Survey xvii