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Plan for Health Data Collection on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Populations

Plan for Health Data Collection
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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on June 29, 2011, announced that HHS would begin collecting data in its population health surveys that would facilitate identification of health issues and reduction of health disparities among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) populations.

Under the plan, HHS will integrate questions on sexual orientation and gender identity into national data collection efforts. This includes the testing of questions on sexual orientation and potential incorporation of these questions into the National Health Interview Survey, the department’s flagship data instrument for collecting health information on populations, by 2013. This would be the first step toward development of a government-wide standard for LGBT data collection.

Under Section 4302 of the Affordable Care Act, the Secretary is authorized to ensure that any federally conducted or supported health care or public health program, activity or survey collects and reports, to the extent practicable, demographic data as deemed appropriate by the Secretary on health disparities.

Related Resources

Proposed Data Collection Standards for Race, Ethnicity, Primary Language, Sex,
    and Disability Status Required by Section 4302 of the Affordable Care Act
    minorityhealth.hhs.gov/section4302

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