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Eight Americas: Investigating Mortality Disparities across Races, Counties, and Race-Counties in the United States

  • Christopher J. L Murray,

    Affiliations: Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, Harvard University Initiative for Global Health, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America, Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Sandeep C Kulkarni,

    Affiliations: Harvard University Initiative for Global Health, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States of America

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  • Catherine Michaud,

    Affiliations: Harvard University Initiative for Global Health, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America, Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Niels Tomijima,

    Affiliation: Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Maria T Bulzacchelli,

    Affiliation: Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Terrell J Iandiorio,

    Affiliation: Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Majid Ezzati mail

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: mezzati@hsph.harvard.edu

    Affiliations: Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, Harvard University Initiative for Global Health, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Published: September 12, 2006
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0030260

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Open Access Dissemination is the Key to Understanding Health Disparities

Posted by plosmedicine on 30 Mar 2009 at 23:59 GMT

Author: Oscar Streeter, Jr., M.D.
Position: Associate Professor of Clinical Radiation Oncology
Institution: Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
E-mail: ostreeter@mac.com
Submitted Date: September 12, 2006
Published Date: September 13, 2006
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Kudos for publishing the article "Eight Americas" by Murray CJL et al. It is a crucial report in our understanding disparities in mortality of disease across the United States. Because of the Open Access process with it's ability to "download, copy, distribute, and use" as we need to educate our colleagues, patients and policy makers is crucial to fighting this battle.

Competing interests declared: Chair, Work Diversity and Cancer Disparities Committee, American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology; Co-PI, NCI U56 Cooperative Planning Grant for Cancer Disparities Research Partnership Program, Grant #:1056CA1905389-01