"Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and
Ethnic Disparities in Health Care"

Brian Smedley, Ph.D.

Institute of Medicine,
National Academy of Sciences,
Division of Health Sciences Policy


Thursday, February 26th 2004
12:00 - 1:00pm
1357 Gonda Building
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90095




This presentation will describe the evidence-based racial and ethnic disparities in health care and identify strategies for eliminating these health disparities.


Goals/Desired Outcomes:

The goal of this session is to assist participants in developing effective research for reducing health disparities among minorities. Are there systematic sources creating/sustaining these disparities? What strategies and theories are effective interventions for reducing these disparities?

Objectives - By the end of this talk, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the evidence regarding racial and ethnic disparities in health care, even when variations in access to care (e.g., insurance status) as well as other factors are equal;

  2. Identify potential sources of these disparities, such as the role of health care financing and delivery, policies and practices of health systems, and individual and institutional-level biases;

  3. Determine strategies to eliminate these disparities, including data collection and monitoring, use of evidence-based guidelines, and interpretation and translation services.




Brian Smedley, Ph.D. is a Senior Program Officer in the Division of Health Sciences Policy of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), where he most recently served as Study Director for the IOM report, Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care. Dr. Smedley came to the IOM from the American Psychological Association, where he worked on a wide range of social, health, and education policy topics in his capacity as Director for Public Interest Policy. Among his awards and distinctions, in 2003 and 2000 Smedley was awarded the National Academy of Sciences’ Individual Staff Award for Distinguished Service, was awarded the Congressional Black Caucus “Healthcare Hero” award in April, 2002, and in August, 2002, was awarded the Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest by the American Psychological Association. Dr. Smedley received his Ph.D. from the UCLA Department of Psychology.




Presented by UCLA Neuropsychatric Institute, a CMA-accredited provider, in association with the UCLA Center for Research, Education, Training, and Strategic Communication on Minority Health Disparities (CRETSCMHD).


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