Health, Public, and Social Policy
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This chapter examines how the intersection of public, social, and health policy affects the health of poor men—particularly poor men of color—and leads to intergenerational disparities. It describes the social milieu that has resulted in health disparities experienced by poor men and men of color. The chapter identifies major data gaps that are symptomatic of the systemic marginalization that exists in the United States, which reinforces gender inequities. It discusses opportunities where data could further elucidate the impact and equity implications of major policies, such as the Affordable Care Act. The chapter proposes the approach of using “wedge issues” as opportunities to gain traction on data and policy efforts, particularly with the aim of improving the health and well-being of poor men, men of color, and their families. It also discusses intersectoral approaches that reflect the complexity of the lives of men and the forces that lead to long-standing disparities in health outcomes for poor men and men of color.