Office of Disparities Elimination
Reducing Health Disparities in Tennessee
Health disparities are differences in "the overall rate of disease incidence, prevalence, morbidity, mortality, or survival rates," according to the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education Act of 2000.
Disparities result not only in a lower overall quality of life among those impacted, but their families and communities as well.
Priority areas to reduce health disparities for the Tennessee Department of Health are:
- Adolescent Pregnancy
- Healthy People 2010 challenges individuals, communities, and professionals—indeed, all of us— to take specific steps to ensure that good health, as well as long life, are enjoyed by all.
- Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) U.S. Finding Solutions to Health Disparities