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Disaggregating Data on Race and Ethnicity to Advance a Culture of Health

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Victor Rubin, Danielle Ngo, Ángel Ross, Dalila Butler, Nisha Balaram

Executive Summary

Racial and ethnic health disparities and inequities can only be eliminated if high-quality information is available by which to track immediate problems and the underlying social determinants of health. Such information can guide the design and application of culturally specific approaches to medicine and public health. Often, health outcomes are disaggregated only by broad racial and ethnic categories such as White, Black, or Hispanic. However, the great, and growing, diversity of the American population means that people’s actual experiences are much more specific.


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