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Office of the Secretary

TITLE: Community Service Assurance Reporting System


AGENCY/PROGRAM: Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Office of the Secretary

DESCRIPTION: Grantees that received Federal financial assistance under Titles VI and/or XVI of the Public Health Service Act (Hill-Burton) must comply with the community service assurance included in their grant application. This assurance requires grantees to serve without discrimination all persons residing and, in some cases, working within their service area. The Secretary of HHS periodically collects information to assist in determining grantees' compliance with the assurance. The latest (fifth) cycle of Hill-Burton community service assurance reporting (CSARS) includes data received from 2,852 hospitals in 1996. The data base also includes separate data from 266 hospitals that responded to a random sample of 380 out of 2,309 non-Hill-Burton hospitals subject to the nondiscrimination provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Analyses of the data received from both sets of hospitals include data reflecting potential under service to minorities comparison with service area census data and information on the provision of services to Limited English Proficient (LEP) persons.

RACE/ETHNICITY: American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian or Pacific Islander; Black, Not of Hispanic Origin; White, Not of Hispanic Origin; Hispanic

STATUS: The fifth cycle of this periodic data collection has been completed.

HOW TO ACCESS DATA: The data base can be provided on diskette in Access 2.0 format upon request.

WEB SITE: The data base is not available on the OCR web site.

Office for Civil Rights
200 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20201
(202) 619-0503 / fax (202) 619-3818


TITLE: National Study of Assisted Living for the Frail Elderly

AGENCY/PROGRAM: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) with additional support from:

  • Administration on Aging (AoA)
  • National Institute on Aging (NIA)
  • Alzheimer's Association
  • American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

DESCRIPTION: The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has undertaken a national study of the role of assisted living.

The study is being carried out under an ASPE contract by several organizations, Myers Research Institute, Research Triangle Institute (RTI), the Lewin Group, the University of Minnesota Long-Term Care Resources Center, and the National Academy for State Health Policy. Additional support for the study has come from the Administration on Aging, the National Institute on Aging, American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and- under a separate contract-the Alzheimer's Association.

The focus of the National Study of Assisted Living for the Frail Elderly is to determine where "assisted living" fits in the continuum of long term care and to examine its potential for meeting the needs of a growing population of elderly persons with disabilities.

RACE/ETHNICITY: Two separate questions on race and ethnicity will be asked using the following categories:

Race categories are: White; Black/African American; Asian or Pacific Islander; American Indian or Alaskan Native; and Other: Specify.

Ethnicity categories are: Spanish/Hispanic and Non-Spanish Hispanic.

STATUS: Complete. The final report is available at

HOW TO ACCESS DATA: Public use files will be available from the Project Officer upon request.

Federal Project Officer

Dr. Catherine Hawes,
Principal Investigator
Myers Research Institute


TITLE: National Survey of Homeless Assistance Providers and Clients


AGENCY/PROGRAM: The survey was conducted by the Census Bureau on behalf of the Interagency Council on the Homeless. HHS and HUD led the analysis of the survey data by the Urban Institute.

DESCRIPTION: The survey was designed to provide information about the providers of homeless assistance and the characteristics of homeless persons who use services based on a statistical sample of 76 metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas. Data were collected between October 1995 and November 1996. The survey provides information on the types of programs and services available to homeless persons in these 76 areas; a comprehensive profile of the homeless population who use services; and comparisons on some data elements with a similar survey conducted in 1987.

Data were collected in two phases. The first phase - the "provider survey" - involved telephone interviews and a mail survey of assistance providers in the 76 geographic areas. The second phase - the "client survey" - included in-person interviews with a sample of approximately 4,200 persons. The client survey collected information on demographics; self-reported prevalence of drug use, mental illness, HIV/AIDS, and other health conditions; sources of income, including receipt of government benefits; educational and work history; victimization history; veterans status; food intake and previous episodes of homelessness. Data was also collected on children under 18 living with the respondent. The client survey produced data on the client characteristics at the national level and for metropolitan versus non-metropolitan populations. The sample size is not large enough to produce estimates of client characteristics at the regional or local levels.

RACE AND ETHNICITY: Three race/ethnicity questions were asked of all respondents interviewed for the client survey: What is your race? (White; Black, African-American or Negro; American Indian/Native American; Asian/Pacific Islander; Other, Don't Know, Refused); Are you of Spanish/Hispanic origin? For example: Mexican/American, Cuban, Puerto Rican. (Yes, No, Don't Know, Refused); and Which Spanish/Hispanic group are you? (Mexican, Mexican/American, Chicano; Puerto Rican; Cuban; Other Spanish/Hispanic; Don't Know; Refused)

STATUS: Reports from the survey are available at

HOW TO ACCESS DATA: Downloadable data files can be accessed at

CONTACT PERSON: Walter Leginski
(202) 260-0384


TITLE: Congressionally Mandated Evaluation of the State Children's Health Insurance Program

ACRONYM: SCHIP evaluation


DESCRIPTION: 10 state evaluation of SCHIP with multiple research questions and components. Evaluation components include an enrollee survey, focus groups, state case studies, survey of low-income uninsured families, program data analysis, and a SCHIP administrator survey. The ten states be studied include: California, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Florida, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Texas.

RACE/ETHNICITY: Evaluation does not track race/ethnicity specifically. Some findings may be broken out by several categories including race and ethnicity, but findings from the evaluation will not be focused exclusively on race and ethnicity.

DATE LIMITATIONS: The evaluation focuses on 10 states. The question of whether findings from the evaluation can be generalizable to other states is a potential limitation.

STATUS: Evaluation will produce 2 reports to Congress. First report should be public by December 31, 2002. Second and final report to Congress will be public sometime in 2004.

HOW TO ACCESS DATA: Those interested in the evaluation, its methodology, findings, and other information can access the SCHIP evaluation website listed below. For other information not included on the website, contact Steve Finan who can be reached at the phone number or e-mail address listed below.


CONTACT PERSON: Steve Finan: (202) 690-7387;