245474 Importance of comparable state and local health survey data in improving health policy

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 12:30 PM

Sherry Glied, PhD , Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC
Federal surveys provide population health and health care data at the national and state levels. The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) provides national data on adults and children, as well as data for some large states. The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) collects data on adults in all states. Some states supplement these federally sponsored surveys or conduct their own state health surveys. These surveys are a key source of information for policy. They complement rapidly developing administrative and clinical data and offer powerful tool for evaluating the effects of health care reform. Population health surveys provide information on people who do not receive services as well as on health behaviors, chronic illness, and mental health that is not systematically collected at medical encounters. Population health surveys are thus a critical tool for tracking and analyzing racial and other social health disparities and the effects of health care reform on specific subgroups. HHS is working on a Community Health Data Initiative and Warehouse through which it will make all of the county- and community-level health indicators and data we have available on line to promote community-level involvement in data use to improve health and health care. An important consideration will be how to link state efforts to monitor health reform across the nation.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
1) Understand the role of national and state health surveys in tracking the progress of health care reform. 2) Describe the challenges faced in tracking health reform progress.

Keywords: Data/Surveillance, Public Health Policy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be an abstract Author on the content I am responsible for because I am a professor of Health Policy and Management and former chair of that Department, was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In my new role, I will serve as the Secretarys principal policy advisor with responsibility for policy coordination, implementation planning, and the evaluation of the many programs under the HHS umbrella. For the past 20 years, I have been a healthcare economist, studying the functioning of the United States healthcare system, and particularly its impact on vulnerable populations.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

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