Health disparities

Health disparities definitions vary (Carter-Pokras & Baquet, 2002), but they all address differences in health status between one population group in comparison to a more advantaged group and most address issues of social justice and equity.

Populations represented by APA’s  Public Interest Directorate’s offices and programs can also be considered health disparity populations.

Adapted from APA's Health Disparities Initiative.

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APA Offices and Programs

  • Health Disparities Initiative

    The initiative increases support for research, training, public education and interventions that improve health and reduce health disparities among underserved and vulnerable populations. Check back for news and nominations information.

  • Socioeconomic Status Office

    The Office on Socioeconomic Status is responsible for directing, overseeing, facilitating and promoting psychology’s contribution to the understanding of SES and the lives and well-being of the poor.

  • Public Interest Directorate

    Applies psychology to the fundamental problems of human welfare and the promotion of equitable and just treatment of all segments of society through education, training and public policy.