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Key Definitions

Racial Disparities: The term "health disparities" is often defined as "a difference in which disadvantaged social groups such as the poor, racial/ethnic minorities, women and other groups who have persistently experienced social disadvantage or discrimination systematically experience worse health or greater health risks than more advantaged social groups. Source: Center for Medicare Advocacy, Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities:

Social Determinants of Health Care: Social determinants of health are conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. Conditions (e.g., social, economic, and physical) in these various environments and settings (e.g., school, church, workplace, and neighborhood) have been referred to as “place. Source: Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Social Determinants of Health:

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