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Reducing Healthcare Disparities in the Military through Cultural Competence

Author: G.L.A. HARRIS
Published in JHHSA, Vol. 34 No. 2

Healthcare disparities are fast encroaching upon equal access healthcare systems like the military. While this growth has been attributed to the same antecedents as those found in the general civilian population, four additional assumptions are posited as contributing factors to healthcare disparities that are peculiar to the military. Research on certain segments of the veteran population in the Veterans Administration (VA) is profiled as the most analogous healthcare system to that of the military’s and a meta-analysis of studies on similar populations in the military are also examined. Like the general civilian population, cultural competence is viewed as an imperative component of healthcare delivery to help to narrow the healthcare disparities gap between majority (men and whites) and minority (women and nonwhites) populations in the military.

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