Despite significant advances in health and healthcare in the past century, racial minorities
bear a disproportionate burden of morbidity and mortality in the United States. This
workshop will examine historical contexts, structural inequalities, and policies that have
contributed to persistent health disparities that exist in minority communities in the
nation. The workshop will further examine progress made in addressing health disparities
and the scope and effectiveness of programs to intervene upon the social determinants of
health through a human-rights lens.