4180.0: Tuesday, November 14, 2000 - 3:18 PM

Abstract #3714

Taking data to the streets

Nancy B. Kohn, MPH, The Access Project, 30 Winter Street, Suite 930, Boston, MA 02108, 617-654-9911, nkohn@accessproject.org

Community groups need state and local data on the uninsured to enable them to participate in health policy debates and advocate for their constituencies. The Access Project, a national initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is committed to assisting in this work by helping local organizations and coalitions collect useful and defensible data on the number of uninsured people in their communities. In 2000, the project developed a one-day training session for community activists to better understand the significance of Current Population Survey data and to assist them in shaping these and other data to build a case for addressing disparities in health care coverage. This presentation will provide a synopsis of the training, with an emphasis on examples of how various communities used the information to further their access campaigns for the uninsured.

Learning Objectives: Participants will learn to: 1. Evaluate the Current Population Survey as a source of data on the uninsured, including its strength and limitations, its use in the media and public policy, and means for retrieving and analyzing the data. 2. Appreciate the significance of these skills for community organizations and coalitions

Keywords: Community Collaboration, Health Care Access

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: None
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA