Vulnerable Populations in the United States

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Edition: 2nd
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2010-12-21
Publisher(s): Jossey-Bass
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It is a perfect textbook for people who are interested in digging deeper into the theory behind disparities, and particularly for those who are actually involved in serving vulnerable populations. Stevens and Shi do an outstanding job of highlighting pertinent and forthcoming issues in the discipline, supporting their work with extensive data and research. These facts make this textbook applicable to almost everyone. It's a great read...Shi and Stevens should really be commended, also ecampus is a great seller, I was amazed how fast I received my book.

Vulnerable Populations in the United States: 5 out of 5 stars based on 1 user reviews.


Based on the authors' teaching and research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, the second edition of this landmark text offers a general framework for students, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers for learning about vulnerable populations. It contains in-depth data and information on major health and health care disparities by race or ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and health insurance coverage. It is thoroughly updated to include the latest data and trends and provides a detailed synthesis of recent and increasingly expansive programs and initiatives to remedy these disparities.

To keep current with recent trends it incorporates the latest Healthy People 2020 objectives, includes new sections on real-world clinical examples, and discusses the impact of health care reform on vulnerable populations. The book's Web site includes instructor's materials that may be downloaded.

Praise for the First Edition of Vulnerable Populations in the United States

"An excellent primer for undergraduates and graduate students interested in vulnerable populations and health disparities."-New England Journal of Medicine

"Combines thoughtful, coherent theory with a large amount of information available in a single source. It will prove to be a valuable resource for policymakers, researchers, teachers, and students alike for years to come."-Journal of the American Medical Association

"A very worthwhile read for health care administrators, health policy analysts, public health and health promotion practitioners, students of public health, and health researchers."-Inquiry

"It makes clear that, for political, social, and economic (as well as moral) reasons, the country must increasingly make vulnerable populations a national health policy priority."-Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved

"I have reviewed a number of books looking for meaningful content to help my students understand and work with vulnerable populations. This is the most comprehensive, yet understandable book on the topic."-Doody's Reviews

"Provides much-needed guidance to policymakers challenged with providing solutions to this embarrassing issue in the United States."-F. Douglas Scutchfield, MD, Peter P. Bosomworth Professor of Health Services Research and Policy, University of Kentucky

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Author Biography

Leiyu Shi is co-director, Johns Hopkins Primary Care Policy Center; director, DrPH Program Taiwan Cohort; and director, Asia MPH Program. He is also professor of health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Gregory D. Stevens is assistant professor of family medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

Table of Contents

Figures, Tables, Exhibits
The Authors
A General Framework to Study Vulnerable Populations
Why Study Vulnerable Populations?
Models for Studying Vulnerability
Review Questions
Essay Questions
Community Determinants and Mechanisms of Vulnerability
Learning Objectives
Race and Ethnicity
Socioeconomic Status
Health Insurance
Multiple Risk Factors
Review Questions
Essay Questions
The Influence of Individual Risk Factors
Learning Objectives
Racial and Ethnic Disparities
Socioeconomic Status Disparities
Health Insurance Disparities
Review Questions
Essay Question
The Influence of Multiple Risk Factors
Learning Objectives
Health Care Access
Quality of Health Care
Health Status
Review Questions
Essay Questions
Current Strategies to Serve Vulnerable Populations
Learning Objectives
Programs to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities
Programs to Eliminate Socioeconomic Disparities in Health
Programs to Eliminate Disparities in Health Insurance
Review Questions
Essay Questions
Resolving Disparities in the United States
Learning Objectives
The Healthy People Initiative
Framework to Resolve Disparities
Resolving Disparities in Health and Health Care
Integrative Approaches to Resolving Disparities
Challenges and Barriers in Implementing the Strategies
Course of Action for Resolving Disparities
Review Questions
Essay Questions
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