Mapping the Story of Health Disparities

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Health disparities are differences in the relative health status of population groups defined by such characteristics as race/ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, and geographic location. Disparities in health are driven largely by unequal population access to such life-enhancing resources (or social determinants of health) as food, housing, employment, education, transportation, and health care. This map story highlights geographic disparities in health status among South Carolina Medicaid enrollees. It further illustrates the spatial association between life-enhancing resource disadvantage and poor health outcomes among state Medicaid participants.

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