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Public Health and Health Disparities Research: General Information

This guide will cover public health issues and the elimination of health disparities.

General Health Disparities Information


Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act addresses health disparities and puts consumers back in charge of their health care. Under the law, a new “Patient’s Bill of Rights” gives the American people the stability and flexibility they need to make informed choices about their health.

CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report

This report analyzes current healthcare inequalities in the U.S. across a range of social characteristics, diseases, and other demographics.

Disparities Research for Change

Finding Answers manages an $8 million grant portfolio that funds program evaluations in 33 health care organizations across the country. They evaluate a variety of intervention strategies in different health care settings to find out what works—and what does not—to improve care.

HealthyPeople 2020: Health Disparities

Healthy People 2020 assess health disparities in the U.S. population by tracking rates of illness, death, chronic conditions, behaviors, and other types of outcomes in relation to demographic factors including Race and ethnicity, Gender, Sexual identity and orientation. Disability status or special health care needs, and Geographic location (rural and urban).

Kaiser Family Foundation: Disparities Policy Documents & Statistics

A source of facts, analysis and journalism for policymakers, the media, the health policy community and the public to inform young people to improve their health or the general public to understand the health reform law.

Medline Plus: Health Disparities

Provides links to health information from the National Institutes of Health and other federal government agencies as well as health information from non-government websites.

National Association of County and City Health Officials : Health Equity and Social Justice

NACCHO''s Health Equity and Social Justice initiatives explore why certain populations bear a disproportionate burden of disease and mortality and what health departments can do to better address the causes of these inequities.

National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Reports

Tools for measuring health care quality, including the National Healthcare Disparities and Quality Reports, AHRQ Quality Indicators, and ambulatory clinical performance measures.

Health Information & Technology Standards


AHRQ National Resource Center for Health Information Technology - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)  - AHRQ initiative containing information on programs that promote the use of health information technology.

Health Information Technology and Health Data Standards at NLM - (National Library of Medicine (NLM) U.S.)  - Describes the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) role in the development of health information technology (HIT) and data standards. Also provides links to additional federal resources in the areas of HIT and data standards.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) -  ONC's mission includes: Promoting development of a nationwide Health IT infrastructure that allows for electronic use and exchange of information that ensures secure and protected patient health information; improves health care quality; reduces health care costs; informs medical decisions at the time/place of car; includes meaningful public input in infrastructure development; and, improves coordination of care and information among hospitals, labs, physicians, etc.

Public Health Data Standards Consortium - (Public Health Data Standards Consortium (PHDSC))  - The Consortium is a standards oriented organization focused on representing the public health community at the principal standards development organizations and promoting the use of data and systems standards by the public health community.