In 1991, a meeting was called and jointly sponsored by the Black Caucus of APHA, the American College of Epidemiology (ACE), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to assess the underlying causes of health status and the differentials causing health disparities – is it due to race or racism? From that meeting, a group of primarily African-Americans decided to focus on health disparities as an issue and proceeded to carry out a number of analyses, focused on the true etiologic factors for health disparities. Over the next four years, a number of papers were published and one organization was formed to carry on this work: the Society for the Analysis for African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI).


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