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On the Front Lines: Physician Organizations Addressing Health Disparities

A new study, published in Academic Medicine, examines how physician organizations are addressing health disparities.

When it comes to the hard work of narrowing health disparities in the United States, the heavy lifting is most often done by those at the front lines of medicine. Clinics that treat underserved populations, researchers with ideas about how to improve health care access, or hospitals that support such programs are the primary forces in the battle against disparities in cancer, HIV, diabetes and other diseases. But one potential heavyweight in addressing racial and ethnic health gaps has gone largely unnoticed: national physician organizations. This is the first comprehensive study of what organizations such as the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians are doing to address health disparities.

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