IOM releases the summary from a 2010 workshop on reducing health disparities

The Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equality and the Elimination of Health Disparities met in April of 2010 to discuss the problem of health disparities for racial and ethnic minorities in the United States and to assess the progress of legislative initiatives to improve the health outcomes for these minorities, and identify and to create a plan for future progress.  The workshop summary, which was released on September 12th of this year, looks back at earlier IOM reports about health disparities in order to evaluate the effectiveness of initiatives to close the gap in health care outcomes for minorities in the past ten years, particularly efforts to decrease the rate of childhood obesity in these populations.  The summary concludes with the call for continued research and evidence-based action plans for continued progress.

Read the IOM’s report, How Far Have We Come in Reducing Health Disparities?: Progress Since 2000: Workshop Summary

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