Understanding the impact of determinants of health: A case for data
Racial and ethnic disparities in health status have been widely documented in the US and in Michigan. The Michigan Department of Community Health, Health Disparities Reduction and Minority Health Section (HDRMHS) was established in 1988 to focus on eliminating health disparities in five racial and ethnic populations: African Americans, American Indians, Arabs/Chaldean American, Asian Americans and Hispanics/Latino. A key focus of the Section efforts is ‘to improve race and ethnicity data collection, data systems and data accessibility1.’ Improved data collection and analysis are vital to minority health related programming, funding and policy. To that end, the Michigan Department of Community Health HDRMHS has embarked on two projects to improve the availability of health related data and develop a data set that can be used to monitor equity over time. This presentation will discuss the process of conducting Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance-like surveys on smaller racial and ethnic minority populations in Michigan and, the development of the Michigan Health Equity Data Project which provides a data set through with racial and ethnic minority health equity is monitored over time.
1. Michigan Health Equity Roadmap, 2010 www. michigan.gov/minorityhealth
Learning Areas:Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Public health or related research
Discuss the importance of data in addressing racial and ethnic health inequitites. Describe Michigan efforts to improve data collection for racial and ethnic minorities. Describe how the Michigan Health Equity Data Project is used to monitor health equity over time.
Keyword(s): Minority Health, Surveillance
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Section Manager for the Health Dispariaties Reduction and Minority Health program. Our Section is responsible for monitoring the health status of racial and ethnic minorities in the State of Michigan.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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