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HHS Plan for Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Health

Improve data collection in AANHPI communities

 
 
HHS Plan for AANHPI Health
 
 

Background and Overview:

The 2009 IOM report titled, "Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data: Standardization for Health Care Quality Improvement," recommends collection of more granular ethnicity and language data according to national standards in addition to the standard Office of Management and Budget (OMB) categories on race and ethnicity. The report states that "the presence of data on race, ethnicity, and language does not, in and of itself, guarantee subsequent actions in terms of analysis of quality-of-care data to identify health care needs or actions to reduce or eliminate disparities that are found. The absence of data, however, essentially guarantees that none of those actions will occur." The report recommends that in addition to the standard OMB classifications on race and ethnicity, more granular race/ethnicity information be collected to distinguish variations in health outcomes among different racial and ethnic subpopulation groups. More detailed data are recognized as a fundamental step in identifying which populations are most at risk and what specific interventions are most effective in attaining improved health care quality for specific populations.

Detailed data is a fundamental step in identifying which populations are most at risk and what specific interventions are most effective in attaining improved health care quality for specific populations. The Affordable Care Act presents an unprecedented opportunity to improve data collection on AANHPI communities, therefore, HHS will work to increase the capacity to collect more reliable health data for AANHPI populations to better understand the need of these growing populations.

Summary of Strategies:

  • Work with HHS 4302 Workgroup on the full implementation of section 4302 of the Affordable Care Act regarding data collection on race, ethnicity, sex, primary language and disability status. This will provide an opportunity to obtain disaggregated data on AA, NH & PI communities.
  • Enhance the quality of data collected within Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use & Health (NSDUH) for AANHPI populations.
  • Continue oversampling of Asian Americans in the National Center for Health Statistics' (NCHS) National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).
  • Include an oversampling of Asian Americans in 2011-14 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
  • Develop improved tools for accessing and analyzing vital statistics and survey data for small populations.
Improve data collection in AANHPI communities
Data Collection Goals Strategies Lead Agencies Benchmarks/Measurable
Outcomes

Goal 1: Increase the capacity to conduct more reliable health data and research throughout the U.S. and U.S. affiliated jurisdictions for AANHPI populations to better describe and understand the need of the AANHPI growing population as part of the Affordable Care Act Provision: Understanding Health Disparities: Data Collection and Analysis (Sec. 4302).

1. Work with HHS 4302 Workgroup in the full implementation of section 4302 regarding data collection on race, ethnicity, sex, primary language and disability status.

OMH , AHRQ, CMS, HRSA

Work with Federal partners, AANHPI organizations and communities in implementing the HHS 4302 Workgroup recommendations. Work with ONC in disseminating available data on AANHPIs and their ethnic sub-groups.

Goal 2: Improve the collection, reporting and disaggregation of race, ethnicity and primary language data on AA, NH and PIs within HHS Departments to reflect the revised OMB requirements for data collection, analysis, and reporting of racial and ethnic data in the Continental US, Hawaii and 6-Pacific Islands.

1. In the implementation of section 4302, work to improve AA, NH & PI data disaggregation.

HRSA, OMH, SAMHSA

1. By 2012, US DHHS reports will reflect separate NH and PI categories for data collection, analysis, and reporting.

2. Enhance the quality of data collected within SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use & Health (NSDUH) for AAPI populations.

SAMHSA

2. Embed the enhanced indicators into the 2011 NSDUH.

3. Continue oversampling of Asian Americans in NCHS's National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).

CDC

3. Prioritize Asian sample size in NHIS

4. Include an oversampling of Asian Americans in 2011-14 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

CDC

4. By Fall 2013, estimates of prevalence among Asian Americans of undiagnosed conditions such as hypertension, high cholesterol, and diabetes will be available

5. Develop improved tools for accessing and analyzing vital statistics and survey data for small populations.

CDC

5. Improved tools available for data access and analysis.

Goal 3: Partner with NHPI communities to identify additional strategies to collect data on NHPI population groups.

 

OMH, CDC, AHRQ, NIH

 

Goal 4: Collaborate with leading organizations to deliver messages around the Affordable Care Act.

Support messaging of the Affordable Care Act and outreach to AAPI communities.

OMH

 



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