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Reducing health disparities in underserved communities via interprofessional collaboration across health care professions

Authors Vanderbilt A, Dail M, Jaberi P

Received 11 September 2014

Accepted for publication 17 February 2015

Published 21 April 2015 Volume 2015:8 Pages 205—208

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/JMDH.S74129

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Allison A Vanderbilt,1,2 Michael D Dail,3 Parham Jaberi4

1Center on Health Disparities, 2School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA; 3Family Health Clinic, McDonald Army Health Center, Fort Eustis, VA, USA; 4Virginia Department of Health, Chesterfield Health District, Chesterfield, VA, USA

Abstract: Health disparities can negatively impact subsets of the population who have systematically experienced greater socioeconomic obstacles to health. Health disparities are pervasive across the United States and no single health care profession can tackle this national crisis alone. It is essential that all health care providers work collaboratively toward the overarching goal of systematically closing the health disparities gap. Interprofessional collaboration is the foundation needed for health care providers to support patient needs and reduce health disparities in public health. Let us reach across the silos we work within and collaborate with our colleagues. Stand up and begin thinking about our communities, our patients, and the future overall health status of the population for the United States.

Keywords: health disparities, underserved communities, public health, interprofessional collaboration, community health, health care providers

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