Review of state legislative approaches to eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities, 2002-2011

Jessica L. Young, Keshia Pollack, Lainie Rutkow

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Abstract

We conducted a legal mapping study of state bills related to racial/ethnic health disparities in all 50 states between 2002 and 2011. Forty-five states introduced at least 1 bill that specifically targeted racial/ethnic health disparities; we analyzed 607 total bills. Of these 607 bills, 330were passed into law (54.4%). These bills approached eliminating racial/ethnic health disparities by developing governmental infrastructure, providing appropriations, and focusing on specific diseases and data collection. In addition, states tackled emerging topics that were previously lacking laws, particularly Hispanic health. Legislation is an important policy tool for states to advance the elimination of racial/ethnic health disparities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S388-S394
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume105
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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