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Introduction to Health Services Research : A Self-Study Course

Case Description | Case Background | Case Objectives | Case Exercise

Case 1. Health Disparities Research Case (Page 31 of 37)
Phase Two: Finding the Information

Q11. What are the key government and/or non-profit organizations with an interest in this area?

Suggested Solution

Now that you have done an extensive search of the literature you will have noticed that several government and non-profit organizations have appeared in your searches. These government and non-profit organizations have an interest in health disparities.

Government Agencies

  • Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality - AHRQ (more)
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service - CMS (more)
  • National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine)(more)
  • National Center for Health Statistics - NCHS (more)
  • National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities - NIH (more)
  • Office of Minority Health, OPHS, HHS
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - SAMHSA (more)

More information about Key Players.


If this case was a question asked by a researcher, it would be important to find resources beyond what is discussed here. This goes without saying. Associations and academic research units not mentioned as being key also have an interest in health disparities and do author reports that have useful information in them.

For example, the Applied Research Center and the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations recently published a report titled, Closing The Gap: Solutions to Race-Based Health Disparities. (2005). (Applied Research Center, 2005). (Note: You must register to receive this document and its summary).

The report describes how "...Exposing the causes of health disparities is an important step; eliminating them is another matter. There is a growing movement that acknowledges, researches, and provides creative approaches to this threat to our health based on a strategic analysis of the role of race in both the problems and the solutions."

This report "identifies best practices around United States from both inside and outside of the health care system. These promising practices may serve as models for institutions, government agencies, and community-based organizations as they develop health-related programs. In addition, the policies and practices profiled in this report will serve as a guide for organizers, legislators, and advocates as they work toward public policies that emphasize structural equity and improving the health care system for everyone....."

Non-Government (Top)

Non-governmental entities with an interest in health and/or racial disparities include:

  • The Access Project -
  • Association of Clinicians for the Underserved -
  • The California Endowment -
  • Center for Studying Health System Change - (more)
    HSC, located in Washington DC, is a non-partisan policy research organization exclusively funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and affiliated with Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. HSC designs and conducts studies focused on the U.S. health care system to inform policy makers in government and private industry. In addition to this applied use, HSC studies contribute more broadly to the body of health care policy research that enables decision makers to understand change and the national and local market forces driving that change. (from the Web site)
  • Center for the Advancement of Health -
  • The Commonwealth Fund - (more)
  • Health Care for All (MA) -
  • Henry J. Kaiser Foundation - (more)
  • National Academy of Medicine - (more)
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation -
  • National Association of Health Data Organizations (NAHDO) - (more)
  • National Medical Association -
    "The NMA promotes the collective interests of physicians and patients of African descent. We carry out this mission by serving as the collective voice of physicians of African descent and a leading force for parity in medicine, elimination of health disparities and promotion of optimal health." (from NMA home page)
  • Professor Vernellia Randall. Race, HealthCare, and the Law. October 2005.
  • Rand Corporation - (more)
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - (more)
  • State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) -
    Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and housed at the University of Minnesota The State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) is charged with conducting policy analysis and timely research on access issues and state health policy and is intended to support state policy development. It provides a focal point for coordination of state survey activities on the uninsured.
  • Urban Institute Health Policy Center -

Selected AIDS Organizations (top)

  • National AIDS Education and Services for Minorities (NAESM) - http://www.naesm.orgAn Atlanta-based service organization involved with national capacity building through a grant from the CDC
  • National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) -

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