Health disparities are associated with a broad, complex, and interrelated array of factors. Risk factors, diagnosis, progression, response to treatment, caregiving, and overall quality of life may be affected by race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, age, and other factors. Disparities in health status and medical care are most acutely experienced by the older population since they are at the highest risk for most diseases and disability. To eliminate health disparities, a widely established national priority, requires research that includes a special focus on the distribution of disease and disability between racial and ethnic groups in society.
The Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) mission is to decrease health disparities by:
More information is available at the RCMAR Central Coordinating Center’s website at www.rcmar.ucla.edu. The central coordinating center provides logistical support to the RCMAR centers, and oversees dissemination activities designed to reach the larger research and health professional communities, public policy makers, and consumers. The coordinating center is also the national clearinghouse for measurement tools, instruments, publications, community activity, pilot research, and other resources developed by RCMAR investigators.
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