Health Disparities, Health Inequities, and Vulnerable Populations: Research Examining and Understanding Complexity


This workshop is part of a series of workshops sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and ICPSR's Health and Medical Care Archive (HMCA). It has been organized on the research issues of health disparities and health inequities involving vulnerable populations in the U.S. These workshops have examined the topics of race and ethnicity, immigrants (of different legal statuses), and LGBT groups, and health disparities. Our focus on these issues serves to establish their scope and meaning, and to explore the use of different analytical approaches and measures.

This year's workshop will continue to explore these groups, but also incorporate their overlap and introduce greater complexity to group distinctions. Health disparities (i.e. status, conditions, access, etc.) and health inequities (i.e. opportunity structures, discrimination, racism, etc.) serve as central organizing concepts. So, the multiplicity of contributing factors affecting health and the disadvantaged status of different group are examined with an emphasis on behaviors and predispositions affecting actions "that enable or ... interfere with ... the ability of individuals and group members achieving (sic) health inequity" (Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity, James N. Weinstein, Amy Geller, Alina Baciu, and Yamrot Negussio - Editors, National Academies Press, 2017). Thus, the scope of this workshop examines a range of research issues associated with health disparities and inequities with vulnerable populations such as modelling, key analytical relationships, measures and indicators of health disparities, group identity and membership, and health conditions. These areas are explored with the application of relevant data sources for analysis, as well as the need for additional and/or different data.

The Health and Medical Care Archive (HMCA), the Resource Center for Minority Data (RCMD), and other ICPSR archives are working to expand their holdings in the area of health research that incorporates vulnerable groups.

Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Application: Participants from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Applicants must include a one-page statement of their research interests, as well as their curriculum vitae. Graduate students also need to provide a letter of support from their faculty adviser. All supporting materials can be submitted electronically through the Summer Program registration portal on each applicant's Summer Program account page.

Deadline: Application deadline is Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Admittance decisions will be announced by May 19, 2017.

Fee: There are no tuition fees for accepted participants.

Tags: health disparities, health inequities

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