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Critical Issues in Health Disparities
A Journal Club in Understanding Health Disparities

Established in Fall 2003, Critical Issues in Health Disparities is a journal club that focuses on health disparities, inequalities and inequities. The aim of the club is to facilitate increased understanding of the issues and controversies relative to these topics by creating opportunities for students, staff and faculty members.

  • hear from experts in the field
  • engage in discourse with each other
  • keep up with the current literature
  • develop a community of researchers and scholars

The journal club has a strong focus on racial/ethnic health disparities in the United States. Topics for discussion include:

  • Conceptualization, definition and measurement of race/ethnicity in public health
  • How race/ethnicity is used in public health research and application
  • Intersection of race/ethnicity and other social determinants (e.g., gender, socioeconomic position, discrimination)
  • Interventions/solutions (design, implementation and evaluation)
  • Acculturation and immigrant health
  • Cultural competency
  • Social justice
  • Distinction between racial/ethnic disparities in health vs. in health care
  • Historical perspective of racial/ethnic disparities
  • Patient/provider interactions

The journal club meets on the second Tuesday montly in Hampton House (HH), 624 N. Broadway from 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, September 9, 2014 (B14B)
  • Tuesday, October 14, 2014 (HH901)
  • Tuesday, November 11, 2014 (HH250)
  • Tuesday, December 9, 2014 (HH250)
  • Tuesday, February 10, 2015 (HH208)
  • Tuesday, March 10, 2015 (Location TBD)
  • Tuesday, April 14, 2015 (Location TBD)
  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015 (Location TBD)

Notification of any changes in the meeting location and/or dates will be sent via email. Please feel free to forward suggested articles, topic ideas and presenters/facilitators to Dr. Roland Thorpe,