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Collecting, Using, and Disseminating Health Data on Minority Populations

A Tri-regional Workshop for Minority Community-based Organizations, Researchers, and State and Local Health Officials

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) co-sponsored a workshop titled "Collecting, Using, and Disseminating Health Data on Minority Populations," on March 5-6, 2002 in Portland, Oregon.

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Workshop Goals and Objectives

This workshop was intended to help representatives of minority community-based organizations, researchers, and State and local health officials in Regions VIII, IX, and X understand the issues related to the collection, use, and dissemination of health data on minority populations, and develop strategies to address these issues. The goal of the workshop was to provide opportunities to exchange information that would allow participants to move their data agenda forward in their respective regions. The three primary objectives of this workshop were to:

  • Identify ways in which the collection of health data on minority populations could impact the delivery of health care and the development of health policy at the State and local levels.
  • Understand the political, cultural, and fiscal barriers to data collection efforts, and strategies to overcome them.
  • Identify strategies for accessing and collecting data on minority populations in various government agencies and health insurance plans, including small populations.

The genesis for this meeting was a recommendation from the September 2000 National Office of Minority Health report, Assessment of State Minority Health Infrastructure and Capacity to Address Issues of Health Disparity. The study recommended that OMH launch an initiative to assist states in the collection, tracking, and dissemination of data on health status by race and ethnicity.

AHRQ's User Liaison Program (ULP) disseminates health services research findings in easily understandable and usable formats through interactive workshops. Workshops and other support are planned to meet the needs of Federal, State, and local policymakers, and other health services research users, such as purchasers, administrators, and health plans.

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