• Amanda McMahon

Policy Brief: Health Data Standards in the United States



Summary


Current data shows that health disparities have been an ongoing problem for many years,

however, oftentimes available data does not provide a complete or thorough picture of the

extent to which health disparities affect certain communities. The COVID-19 pandemic brought

several issues front and center throughout the past year, including health disparities and a

lack of timely and reliable data.


To effectively address health disparities, we must begin by tackling an ongoing, fundamental

problem: the lack of standardized data collection. Universal data collection is needed to show

the full extent of public health problems society faces, as well as to inform the development and

implementation of relevant, appropriate policy actions.


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