Improving the Collection and Use of Racial and Ethnic Data in HHS


HHS Data Council Working Group on Racial and Ethnic Data


The Data Work Group of the HHS Initiative to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health

December, 1999


Executive Summary

1. Introduction

2. Contributing Factors to Racial and Ethnic Gaps in Health

3. Data Gaps and Recommendations

4. Measures of Discrimination

5. Summary of Data Concerns

6. Use of Racial and Ethnic Data

7. HHS Plan for Collection and Use of Racial and Ethnic Data


  1. Data Collection
  2. Data Analysis and Interpretation
  3. Data Dissemination and Use
  4. Data Research and Maintenance



  1. Members of Work Groups
  2. Summary of Data Gaps and Recommendations Identified in Health Focus Area Work Group Reports
  3. Summary of Racial and Ethnic Data Concerns Related to Healthy People 2010
  4. Summary of Previous Reports Dealing with Racial and Ethnic Data
  5. Office of Management and Budget Directive No. 15
  6. Standards for Maintaining, Collecting, and Presenting Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity
  7. Policy Statement on Inclusion of Race and Ethnicity in HHS Data Collection Activities
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