Health Information Technology: Closing the Gap or Exacerbating Health Disparities in Underserved Communities?
Health disparities are avoidable inequalities in health between two groups of people. They are often associated with social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantage. In the United States, health disparities are persistent, especially in poor, rural, and minority communities. Maternal and child health is a prime example, with infant mortality rates experienced by African Americans in the U.S. more than double those experienced by Caucasians. The Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (TCC) for Health Disparities Research at the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in Atlanta, Georgia, has been funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) to tackle health disparities through four distinct initiatives using a collaborative approach and including community participation, with the ultimate goal of informing and influencing policy on these issues. (more…)