Over the last 50 years, medicine has made significant progress in preventing, treating and curing disease. And yet, this progress has not been seen equally across all groups. Scientists throughout the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine are deeply invested in identifying health disparities — those differences in health outcomes between populations, such as racial, ethnic, geographic, socioeconomic, gender and other groups. Some of their findings are startling.
Recent Feinberg studies have found that leaving segregated neighborhoods decreases blood pressure for African-Americans and the high diabetes risk for African-American adults is driven by obesity. Many intervention projects are also underway, including diabetes prevention in Hispanic communities and mindfulness interventions for depressed women in disadvantaged populations.