Monitoring Social Disparities in Health
Health Surveillance and Disease Management - PAHO/WHO Seminar
When: Monday July 14, 2008
Where: PAHO/HQ Room: C
Time: 9:00AM a 10:30AM
Virtual - Link to participate via Web:
· 9:00 – 9:10 Welcoming Remarks by Dr. Jarbas Barbosa da Silva Jr. - Health Surveillance and Disease Management Area - PAHO/WHO
· 9:10 – 10:00 Presenter
Dr. Sam Harper, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Occupational Health,
. 10:00 – 10:30 Q & A
Web Conference: To join the meeting virtually via Elluminate, please click on the link below within 30 minutes of the specified time.
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An Overview of Methods for Monitoring Social Disparities in Cancer with an Example Using Trends in Lung Cancer Incidence by Area-Socioeconomic Position and Race-Ethnicity, 1992–2004
Sam Harper1, John Lynch1, Stephen C. Meersman2,
1 Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health,
“….Recent life expectancy trends indicate positive movement toward one of the major
Explaining the social gradient in coronary heart disease: comparing relative and absolute risk approaches
“….Understanding the causes of social inequalities in coronary heart disease CHD may depend on whether one is interested in explaining absolute or relative inequalities in CHD. Conventional risk factors account for the vast majority of CHD cases and for a substantial portion of absolute social inequalities in CHD—72% of the excess risk. An absolute risk approach to understand social inequalities in CHD focuses attention on those risk factors that cause most cases of disease attributable to social inequality. If the concern is to reduce the overall population health burden of CHD and the disproportionate population health burden associated with the social inequalities in CHD, then reducing conventional risk factors will do the job….”
Using Data Relevant to Healthy People 2010 Cancer-Related Objectives
Surveillance Research Program (SRP) and the Applied Research Program (ARP) of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences of the National Cancer Institute, NIH.
Available online as PDF file [80p.] at: http://seer.cancer.gov/publications/disparities/measuring_disparities.pdf
“……This report raises some conceptual issues and reviews different methodological approaches germane to measuring progress toward the goal of eliminating cancer-related health disparities. Despite the increased attention to social disparities in health, no clear framework exists to define and measure health disparities….”
Measuring Health Disparities Computer-based Course MHDID0806
John W. Lynch, Sam Harper
“….This interactive course focuses on some basic issues for public health practice -- how to understand, define and measure health disparity. This course examines the language of health disparity to come to some common understanding of what that term means, explains key measures of health disparity and shows how to calculate them. This computer-based course provides a durable tool that is useful to daily activities in the practice of public health….”
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