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Tracking Disparities

Being able to identify, measure, and track disparities is essential to any effort to promote health equity. Without a system for identifying and tracking disparities, we significantly limit our ability to determine the impact of our activities.

Below are some resources that should help guide the development of measurement and tracking strategies.

Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) Disparities Toolkit is a Web-based tool that provides hospitals, health systems, clinics,  and health plans information and resources for systematically collecting race, ethnicity, and primary language data from patients. To access the Toolkit, click here

New HHS Data Standards for Race, Ethnicity, Sex, Primary Language, and Disability For the new federal data collection standards and a  brief explanation, click here

CiMH E-Learning Tutorial: Introduction to Measuring Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mental Health. To access the tutorial, click here

America's Health Ranking Report (2012 Edition). An annual assessment of our nation’s health on a state-by-state basis. Published by United Health Foundation, the American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention. The statewide measures used in America’s Health Rankings® reflect the condition of the “average” resident and can mask differences within the state. When the measures are examined by race, gender, geographic location, and/or economic status, startling differences can exist within a state.To read more, please click Here 

Diversity in Health: Using America's Health Ranking to monitor disparities (Presentation) . This is a Presentation about the use of America's Health Ranking as a tool to monitor disparities. Presented by Tom Eckstain in Oakland, CA on March 14, 2013

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