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New commission on health-care disparities lauded by American College of Physicians
Date:2/29/2008

Washington (Feb. 29) Noting that its Board of Regents last month added health care disparities as one of its strategic priorities, the American College of Physicians (ACP) today commended the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for launching the Commission to Build a Healthier America.

The American College of Physicians continues to realize the importance of eliminating health care disparities through its Board actions, policy papers, educational sessions, as well as the work of the ACP Foundation, said David C. Dale, MD, FACP, president of ACP. ACP believes that the Commission to Build a Healthier America will provide a much-needed framework for a broad national effort to research the reasons behind health care disparities and to develop workable solutions.

The national, independent and nonpartisan two-year health commission introduced on Thursday will focus on factors outside the health care system and identify non-medical, evidence-based strategies to improve the health of all Americans. The group will investigate how factors, such as education, environment, income and housing, shape and affect personal behavioral choices through an extensive inquiry that will include field hearings.

ACP is addressing health care disparities in its public policy, research and educational initiatives.

In a 2003 position paper, Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care http://www.acponline.org/ppvl/policies/e000904.pdf , ACP emphasized its long-standing commitment to improving public health. In the paper, ACP said that Eliminating health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities will take the efforts of all involved in the practice of health care delivery. ACP sees the need to address these disparities on six fronts: increasing access to quality health care, patient care, provider issues, systems that deliver health care, societal concerns, and continued research.


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