- Liliana M. Garces and David Mickey-Pabello
- Spring/Summer 2014
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The United States is facing a nationwide health crisis, with widely documented disparities in the quality and frequency of treatment received by racial and ethnic minorities. The Department of Health and Human Services has documented that patients of color suffer disproportionately from numerous health conditions and are underserved in terms of quality and frequency of care. Indeed, even when controlling for income, communities with high proportions of African American and Latino residents are much more likely to experience physician shortages than are communities with lower concentrations of these residents.