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Minority Health; Community Health Centers; Health Reform; Health Homes


The health disparities literature suggests that although the lack of health insurance is the most basic barrier to health care, improved access to clinically appropriate care is key, particularly in the case of minority and low-income populations where the health risks are greatest. This study examines the relationship between health center penetration into medically underserved communities and the reduction of state-level health disparities. Health centers were developed with the express aim of serving medically underserved persons. Their doubling represents a significant health priority of the Bush Administration and one that enjoys bipartisan Congressional support.


Funder: National Association of Community Health Centers.

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