Poverty and health disparities: lessons and solutions for health care providers

Marlene Wilken, Beth Furlong

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Health care disparities exist in the United States. Social inequalities contributing to disparities in health care include poverty, socioeconomic status, being uninsured, one's life course, and being unemployed. Each social inequality has an effect on health status and produces a gradient of poor health and mortality that spans all socioeconomic strata. Selected policies implemented in the United States have resulted in perpetuating health care disparities and negative health outcomes for certain populations. Health care professionals are in a strategic position to implement pragmatic strategies for eliminating some health disparities. Strategies discussed include changes at the following levels: personal, worksite, professional association, community, and civic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSocial Inequalities, Health and Health Care Delivery
Number of pages17
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002

Publication series

NameResearch in the Sociology of Health Care
ISSN (Print)0275-4959

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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