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Health Disparities and Equity Advisory Committee Resources
 Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Access to Health Insurance and Health Care
  From the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured: Racial and ethnic groups in the United States continue to experience major differences in health status compared to the majority white population. Although many factors affect health status, the lack of health insurance and other barriers to obtaining health services markedly diminish minorities' use of both preventive services and medical treatments. This report, produced in collaboration with the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, examines health insurance coverage and access to physician services among African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and American Indians and Alaska Natives. By pooling national survey data over two years, information about particular minority subgroups is also provided.
 The Connecticut Health Disparities Project, Connecticut Department of Public Health
  The Connecticut Health Disparities Project, Connecticut Department of Public Health, Hartford, Connecticut, January 2009
 Connecticut's State Environmental Analysis, September 2009
  Connecticut is one of five most expensive states for cost of living, including groceries, housing, utilities, health care, transportation and miscellaneous goods. When working families donít make enough money to pay for food, rent and living expenses, health insurance premiums become unaffordable. The estimated figure for Connecticutís uninsured in 2007 is 326,000 individuals or 9.4% of all residents. Based on a comparison of two-year average uninsured rates, this represents a statistically significant decrease in the total number of uninsured residents in 2006-2007 when compared to 2004-2005 (9.4% vs. 10.9%). There was no significant change in the number of children uninsured in Connecticut. Of Connecticut children under age 18, 43,000 or 5.2% lacked insurance for the entire year of 2007.
 2009 National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Reports, US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  For the seventh year in a row, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has produced the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) and the National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR). These reports measure trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient centeredness, and efficiency of care. The reports present, in chart form, the latest available findings on quality of and access to health care.
 Faces of Disparity
  What are health disparities? Health disparities are avoidable differences in health that result from social disadvantage.1 Health disparities mean that some people have better health care than others. Health disparities come from inequality in social, economic, and environmental conditions. Health disparities are related to race, ethnicity, education, income, language, age, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and disability. Health disparities affect rural and urban families, immigrants and refugees, and people who have no homes. These are the faces of health disparities. Health disparities hurt us all.