Pleasant, Andrew, Jennifer Cabe, Richard H. Carmona, Introduction to the newly released volume “Health Disparities and Respiratory Health” published by Springer as part of the Respiratory Medicine series.
CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., CRI Executive Director and Board Member Jennifer Cabe, M.A., and CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, co-authored the introductory chapter of Health Disparities in Respiratory Medicine, edited by Lynn B. Gerald, Ph.D, M.S.P.H, and Cristine E. Berry, Ph.D., M.D., M.H.S. The overall volume explores health disparities in respiratory medicine and suggests methods to reduce them. The introduction addresses the complex connections among poor respiratory health, the proximal causes, as well as the social and environmental determinants such as health literacy that underpin inequities in respiratory health. The introductory chapter closes by suggesting possible ways to address respiratory health issues and the inequities in respiratory health.