Online Program

Health Disparity Data Tool: An innovative instrument to explore health disparities with DATA2020

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 11:30 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Minh Wendt, PhD, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD
Deborah Hoyer, MPH, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD
Rashida Dorsey, PhD, MPH, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC
Data that are accessible and data resources that are easy to navigate are important to assist stakeholders in developing interventions and policies to achieve health equity. To support such efforts, the Department of Health and Human Services has developed a new tool to summarize health disparities (HD) as well as changes in disparities over time for measurable population-based Healthy People 2020 objectives with available data.

The HHS Office of Minority Health, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics collaborated on the development of a web-based tool to provide Healthy People 2020 users with summaries of disparities within specific Healthy People 2020 objectives, detailed comparisons by population group for each of the latest data points with available data, and technical information to interpret the data. The disparities data tool allows users to access information on disparities observed among various population groups such as race or ethnicity, socioeconomic status, region, or other population characteristics. The HD tool will initially feature over 100 objectives using data from the National Health Interview Survey which is the principal source of information on the health of the civilian non-institutionalized population of the United States.

This presentation will describe the HD data tool; show how the interactive tool can be used to display certain graphs, charts, tables, and narrative texts that answer certain research questions, and demonstrate how the tool can be used to explore a variety of issues on health disparities among different subpopulations.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Communication and informatics
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate the importance of tracking and examining health disparities. Describe how to utilize the Healthy People 2020 health disparities tool to examine health disparities within specific Healthy People 2020 objectives. Demonstrate the utility of the Healthy People 2020 health disparities tool to track disparities over time.

Keyword(s): Data Collection and Surveillance, Health Disparities/Inequities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been conducting multiple research projects that utilize data to investigate factors that affect population health outcomes. Among my research interests are health disparites and minority health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.