HHS announces new draft standards to improve the monitoring of health data by race, ethnicity, sex, primary language, and disability status, and begins planning for the collection of LGBT health data
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced new draft standards for collecting and reporting data on race, ethnicity, sex, primary language and disability status, and announced the administration’s plans to begin collecting health data on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) populations. Both efforts aim to help researchers, policy makers, health providers and advocates to identify and address health disparities afflicting these communities.
“Health disparities have persistent and costly affects for minority communities, and the whole country,” Secretary Sebelius said. “Today we are taking critical steps toward ensuring the collection of useful national data on minority groups, including for the first time, LGBT populations. The data we will eventually collect in these efforts will serve as powerful tools and help us in our fight to end health disparities.”
Under the plan announced today, HHS will integrate questions on sexual orientation into national data collection efforts by 2013 and begin a process to collect information on gender identity. This plan includes the testing of questions on sexual orientation to potentially be incorporated into the National Health Interview Survey. The department also intends to convene a series of research roundtables with national experts to determine the best way to help the department collect data specific to gender identity.
“The first step is to make sure we are asking the right questions,” Secretary Sebelius said. “Sound data collection takes careful planning to ensure that accurate and actionable data is being recorded.”
The proposed standards for collection and reporting of data on race, ethnicity, sex, primary language and disability status in population health surveys are intended to help federal agencies refine their population health surveys in ways that will help researchers better understand health disparities and zero in on effective strategies for eliminating them.
The race and ethnicity standards, for example, will provide additional categories from which racial and ethnic differences in health care and outcomes can be examined in more detail, particularly among Asian, Hispanic/Latino and Pacific Islander populations. The disability standards would consist of six items that are already being used successfully in the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. It is intended to improve researchers’ ability to monitor health disparities.
“These new data standards, once finalized, will help us target our research and tailor stronger solutions for underserved and minority communities,” added HHS Director of the Office of Minority Health, Dr. Garth Graham. “To fully understand and meet the needs of our communities, we must first thoroughly understand who we are serving.”
In anticipation of these efforts, HHS, over the past year, has consulted with federal agencies, requested recommendations from the HHS Data Council, and held listening sessions with relevant community stakeholders. The public may submit comments for the draft minority data collection standards at www.regulations.gov under docket number HHS-OMH-2011-0013. Public comments will be accepted until August 1. Information is also available at www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov/section4302.
Under Section 4302 of the Affordable Care Act, the Secretary is required to ensure that any federally conducted or supported health care or public health program, activity or survey collects and reports data, to the extent practicable, on race, ethnicity, sex, primary language and disability status, as well as other demographic data on health disparities as deemed appropriate by the Secretary.
Perfectly said by both authors. After being laid off, I was on unemployment while fiscal conservatives (one I even dated) reported to me that those on unemployment were freeloaders, took trips on someone else’s dime, and enjoyed a life of leisure. When I pointed out that I, too, was living off of the very programs they scoffed at and tried every day to better my situation, they simply waved me off as a “ambitious exception”.
I happily pay my taxes. I enjoy the protection from police officers and fire fighters, the green public parks and knowing that I am helping someone better their life the way others assisted me.
I chose to remain a domiciled taxpayer for a couple of reasons. The main one was that I wanted my children to grow up where I grew up, to have proper roots in a culture as old and magnificent as Britain’s; to be citizens, with everything that implies, of a real country, not free-floating ex-pats, living in the limbo of some tax haven and associating only with the children of similarly greedy tax exiles.
A second reason, however, was that I am indebted to the British welfare state; the very one that Mr Cameron would like to replace with charity handouts. When my life hit rock bottom, that safety net, threadbare though it had become under John Major’s Government, was there to break the fall. I cannot help feeling, therefore, that it would have been contemptible to scarper for the West Indies at the first sniff of a seven-figure royalty cheque. This, if you like, is my notion of patriotism. On the available evidence, I suspect that it is Lord Ashcroft’s idea of being a mug.
It’s for this reason that I am a fiscal liberal. Not because I was once a single mother on welfare, but because I believe that those that are fortunate enough to have success, luck and well being should help those that may not be as fortunate. Sure, part of that can come through philanthropic efforts, though plenty of times it’s purely for the tax benefits. More specifically, I’m talking about taxation.
Call me insane, but I want to be taxed. I want my country to have an infrastructure to protect me from undue harm, roads so that I may go where I please, and health care options if I were to ever be unable to care for myself. There are children that go hungry, fathers that can’t provide for their families and veterans that sit abandoned and invisible on the street corners. None of the solutions required to solve these problems can come without taxation, thus I am more than happy to play my part.
So bravo, Ms. Rowling, for recognizing that there’s more in the world than hoarding wealth.
This was such a great story. N and I tried to come up with our stories.
N struggled and is still working on his.
Mine would be the time I slammed a revolving door on John Hume while leaving Lenister House when I was working as an intern at the Irish Parliament. You know John Hume, award recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Gandhi Peace Prize and the Martin Luther King Award, the major figure in the Adams-Hume peace talks that led to the Good Friday agreement, arguably the greatest and most peaceful man on earth, and I slammed a revolving door on him. I was of course too flustered to stop and apologize and my Senator tormented me mercilessly about this. I would use Jeopardy as a public platform for my apology.
I was watching last week and thinking about this very question… more in reference to actual smarties though. Like, what the HELL did Ken Jennings say at the end of his run? Or at the end when Alex BS’s with the contestants… I just imagine Ken and Alex passive-aggressively hating each other, I guess.
Denver may not be the epicenter of all that is chic and it isn’t the greatest place on earth, but it’s pretty damn awesome if you ask me.
You can get damn near anywhere in the city by public transportation, or your two capable feet.
Remarkable weather if I do say so myself.
Mere moments if you want to get away from the “city-life”.
The “city-life” may not be as fast-paced and exciting as say NYC, LA or Chicago, but it is less demoralizing, and a hell of a lot of fun for those who want a city-lite with less heckling and all the full-flavored fun.
So although I’ve had my doubts about dear ol’ Denver, as of right now in my life, I love it here. It has the people I love, epic amounts of good food and booze and a general feeling of laid back niceness that only comes from living in the midwest. (And don’t tell me Chicago is midwest, not with that attitude it isn’t).
Icaro Doria, a Brazilian man, working for a magazine in Portugal started this campaign using real data from the UN and flag images, he’s created whats known as Meet the World. The colors within the flags from its respective country are used to represent current, geographical relevant issues. Take a look.
“Dismissing those who pay a premium for organic-this and local-that as effete, arugula-munching liberals obscures the fact that the real elites are, as always, the billionaires: in this case, the owners of the massive agribusiness conglomerates that dominate America’s food production. The sinful elites are those currently pushing through a bill in Iowa to ban photographs of industrial farming operations, not Michelle Obama and her vegetable garden, or the diners at Brooklyn farm-to-table restaurants. The latter might be easier to satirize, but our moral outrage should be directed at those who keep fresh, healthy food out of the hands of the poor and poison the landscape while they’re at it.”—
If it wasn’t obvious from the title of our show - Working Class Foodies, for pete’s sake - we completely disagree with the accusation that ‘foodies’ are elitists who celebrate, flaunt, or derive a sick joy from eating higher quality food than the Average Joe can afford. As Joanna Scutts says in this meta-review of Gabrielle Hamilton’s Blood, Bones & Butter, it’s not ‘foodies’ or ‘gourmands’ or ‘Brooklynites’ (har, har) who are creating the dividing line in food quality between the haves and have-nots, it’s the big agriculture conglomerates that turn our farmland into over-worked wheat, corn, and soy fields, inject affordable food with unhealthy HFCS and chemical preservatives, mutilate livestock and stuff them full of unnecessary growth hormones and antibiotics, and create and foster unsafe, unsanitary, unhealthy, and inhumane conditions at slaughterhouses and meatpacking plants, for both the animals and the human workers.
Change in our country’s food industry won’t come from name-calling and sniping at each other but from seeking out good food grown properly, animals raised and killed humanely, food that doesn’t harm the environment from chemical runoff or forced growing without crop rotation. As Michael Pollan has famously said, we get to vote our food conscious three times a day. Even if that vote is buying an organically-grown apple at the farmer’s market instead of a bag of Frito-Lays potato chips from a vending machine, it counts. We can all play a part in changing our country’s relationship with food.
It ain’t like that. See, the king stay the king, a’ight? Everything stay who he is. Except for the pawns. Now, if the pawn make it all the way down to the other dude’s side, he get to be queen. And like I said, the queen ain’t no bitch. She got all the moves.