Today, one in every four Americans belongs to a racial or ethnic minority group. Yet despite tremendous advances in health science in recent decades, minorities still fall victim to heart disease, cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS in numbers far greater than whites.
Clearly, it's going
to take more than medicine alone to change this fact. It will take health
services researchers who can understand the political, social, economic
and environmental realities that have created such deep disparities in
health and healthcare between minorities and whites - researchers whose
minority perspectives can shape a wider discussion.