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The disparities or inequalities in status among defined subgroups of the population. One widening gap is the disparity in health status, strongly correlated with income, education, housing conditions, values, and behavior between the highest and the lowest socioeconomic classes in a nation or subsections of the nation. Another health gap often exists between certain ethnic groups and the mainstream society in which they are embedded.

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