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Elucidating the Relationships Between Race, Socioeconomic Status, and Health

The public health field is committed to decreasing social disparities in health. 1 Growing differences in death rates among racial and socioeconomic groups have heightened our concern about the disadvantages that have consequences for the public's health-'-' In this issue of the journal, the articles on social disadvantage in health contribute to our knowledge of health disparities and give direction to programs that may help close the gaps.