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date: 18 April 2019

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It is well established that racial and ethnic minorities in the United States have lower life expectancies and suffer more from numerous health conditions than their white counterparts. This chapter draws on a US perspective to provide an overview of racial and ethnic health disparities and their causes. It describes public health policy initiatives that address racial and ethnic health disparities, situates racial disparities in the current social and political context, examines what progress has been made in reducing racial and ethnic disparities, offers an account of the moral foundations for further efforts to reduce disparities, and suggests a way forward for eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities. Public health issues of social justice, racism, and violence are discussed.

Keywords: racial and ethnic disparities, public health ethics, social justice, racism, violence

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