Chapter 17: Health Disparities in the United States



By Alexandra Kouptsova, Caitlin Benedetto, Juliana DiCecca, Liynah A. Hamidu


  • Describe common health disparities in the United States
  • Discuss geographic areas with the most health disparities
  • Explain why these areas have more health disparities
  • Explain how public health professionals uncover these disparities

“Health is more than absence of disease; it is about economics, education, environment, empowerment, and community. The health and well being of the people is critically dependent upon the health system that serves them. It must provide the best possible health with the least disparities and respond equally well to everyone.”

~Joycelyn Elders, Former Surgeon General of the United States