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Race Policy and Multiracial Americans$
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Kathleen Odell Korgen

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447316459

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447316459.001.0001

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Multiracial Americans, health patterns, and health policy: assessment and recommendations for ways forward

Multiracial Americans, health patterns, and health policy: assessment and recommendations for ways forward

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(p.155) Nine Multiracial Americans, health patterns, and health policy: assessment and recommendations for ways forward
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Race Policy and Multiracial Americans
Author(s):

Jenifer L. Bratter

Christa Mason

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447316459.003.0010

This chapter brings multiracial persons into the discussion of health policies concerning racial health disparities by addressing four issues. First, it provides a brief overview of the work on the health of multiracial populations, including the types of health challenges noted and the gaps in research on this topic. Second it gives an analysis of nationally representative data on the health of multiracial adults, a sub-group usually absent in studies. Third, it looks at health policies that target the reduction of health disparities and asks how such policies, in light of the information discussed in the chapter, can best speak to the health needs of multiracial groups. Fourth, it argues that more and broader data must be collected on multiracials in order to effectively measure and address racial health disparities.

Keywords:   health policy, multiracials, health disparities, data collection

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