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Announcing the release of an exciting new book addressing solutions to health disparities!

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)
September 28, 2010

...from our friends at Sinai Urban Health Institute

Urban Health: Combating Disparities with Local Data

The 1980s opened a discussion of the varying nature of health in different segments of the United States. Falling under the rubric of "health disparities," a great deal of research has been published demonstrating the substantial differences in health status within a population. The causes of health disparities are varied and not always clear but most researchers agree that disparities are a reflection of social and economic inequities and political injustice. One of the obstacles to addressing disparities is the lack of meaningful health data especially for vulnerable populations, which is often nonexistent despite being a critical factor for informing health programs and policies at the local level.  

Urban Health: Combating Disparities with Local Data provides a model for combating health disparities by describing how the authors gathered local health information, engaged the community at every step of the process, and created movement toward evidence-based sustainable change.  It explains how a landmark health survey in Chicago generated dramatic data that are allowing investigators throughout the city to move from data to action and from observation to intervention. In detailing how the community-focused collection and analysis of health data can serve as an impetus for improved well-being, Urban Health is an invaluable resource for researchers, community groups, students and professionals.

The book is available for order at Oxford website and Amazon

Steven Whitman, PhD: Director, Sinai Urban Health Institute, Chicago, IL

Ami M. Shah, MPH: Senior Epidemiologist, Sinai Urban Health Institute, Chicago, IL

Maureen Benjamins, PhD: Senior Epidemiologist, Sinai Urban Health Institute, Chicago, IL