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Epigenetics: The Controversial Science Behind Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

Why what we eat, are exposed to, and experience today may shape the health of our descendants tomorrow.

Speaking the Language of Health Care

Translation apps and other technology seek to eliminate language barriers for patients uncomfortable with English.

In Most Languages, ACA Does Not Translate

Opinion: When it comes to signing up for health care for 25 million Americans whose native language is not English, the application "tool" in 24 languages is falling short. ...

This Massive Chart Explains Death in America

The death rate for every race and ethnicity totals 100 percent. But when that death occurs, and why, varies dramatically.

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health—and How to Fix Them

Harnessing willpower. Focusing on poor neighborhoods. Launching Obamacare. And still the racial and ethnic disparities in health care persist.

Doctor May Know Best, But Sometimes Patients Know Better

A community-health center in New Mexico shows how to overcome cultural barriers in providing quality care.

U.S. Health Care Is the Best! And the Worst.

In health care, as in education, the United States is content to leave too many of its citizens lagging. 

For Most Kinds of Cancer, It Helps If You're White

The explanation is historical—and scintillating.

The Root Causes Behind Many Health Problems May Surprise You

You think it's only medical care that influences your health? The real truth is all around you.

Group Prenatal Care Boosts Pregnancy Outcomes

New results are forcing health care providers to reconsider the best ways for preventing preterm births.

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About The Next America

The Next America explores the political, economic and social impacts of profound racial and cultural change facing our nation. The initiative includes polls, national and local events with thought leaders, magazine supplements and this site. In 2010, Ronald Brownstein wrote “The Gray and the Brown: A Generational Mismatch,” explaining the impact of a shift to an older, more ethnically diverse America.