Brown ArrowHealth Disparities

Healthcare disparities refer to differences in access to or availability of facilities and services. Health status disparities refer to the variation in rates of disease occurrence and disabilities between socioeconomic and/or geographically defined population groups. [Both definitions are from the 2009 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH).]

Health disparities data, datasets, statistical reports, measurements and validations, as well as tools to manipulate and visualize disparity data.
    Disparities Measurements
    Statistical Reports

  • Gender Equality Toolbox Details

    Toolbox is made up of tools that can guide foundation staff and partners in designing, managing and measuring the results and impact of gender intentional and gender transformative programs and investments.

  • Health Equity Report Card Details

    The Salud America! Health Equity Report Card generates local housing, transit, healthcare, and other data so you can drive the healthy change your community needs most.

  • ROI Calculator for Partnerships to Address the Social Determinants of Health Details

    This calculator is designed to assist community-based organizations and their medical partners in creating mutually advantageous financial arrangements for funding the delivery of social services to high-need, high-cost (HNHC) populations, by calculating the return on investment (ROI) from integrating social services with medical care.

  • Datasets
    • Compendium of Publicly Available Datasets and Other Data-Related Resources - (National Partnership to End Health Disparities) Details

      A listing of data and datasets related to health disparities.

    • HSRR (Health Services and Sciences Research Resources) - (National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR), NLM) Details

      HSRR is a searchable database of information about research datasets, instruments/indices and software employed in Health Services Research, the Behavioral and Social Sciences and Public Health. The database includes brief descriptions of research resources and links to PubMed.

    • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health - (Healthy People) Details

      As part of the Healthy People 2020 goals, statistical data and objectives are presented.

    • NHQRDRNet Online Query System - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS) Details

      Online query system that allows you to access national and state data on the quality of, and access to, health care from scientifically credible measures and data sources. This is an interactive tool to explore data from the National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Reports.

    • Poverty Main - (U.S. Census Bureau, ESA) Details

      Poverty data from the US Census Bureau.

    • Salud America! Report Card on Food-Marketing Policies - (Community Commons) Details

      County-specific report card that highlights health issues and provides data, policy solutions, research and stories to begin and support health changes for Latino children.

    • Sexual and Gender Minority Clearinghouse - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS) Details

      Clearinghouse is designed to help improve the understanding of sexual and gender minority health and disparities, and provide information on health care access, health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, and use of preventive services. Use this Clearinghouse as a resource to find surveys that include questions about sexual identity, attraction, and behavior.

    • Surveillance Research: Health Disparities - (National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH) Details

      The Surveillance Research Program provides data and statistics, research and collaboration, and monographs on health disparities related to cancer.

    • The Health Inequality Project Details

      A project that uses big data to measure differences in life expectancy by income across areas and identify strategies to improve health outcomes. Site provides access to documents, city ranking, and datasets.

    Disparities Measurements

    Statistical Reports

    • AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS) Details

      The Innovations Exchange offers health professionals and researchers the opportunity to share, learn about, and ultimately adopt evidence-based innovations and tools suitable for a range of health care settings and populations.

    • American Indian/Alaska Native Center - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS) Details

      Links to data tools within CMS that focus on American Indians and Alaskan Natives.

    • Annual Disability Statistics Compendium - (University of New Hampshire, Institute on Disability) Details

      The Annual Disability Statistics Compendium is a web-based tool that pools disability statistics published by various federal agencies together in one place. When working on legislative and other matters relating to persons with disabilities, the Compendium will make finding and using disability statistics easier.

    • Children's Health and Education Mapping Tool - (School-Based Health Alliance) Details

      Provides county-level GIS information on child health, education, and socioeconomic status, as well as health facilities and school-based health center locations.

    • DiversityDataKids - (Brandeis University, The Heller School) Details

      This tool allows you to analyze data by race/ethnicity, compare data across states, metropolitan areas, counties, large cities, and large school districts, and compare policy indicators across states.

    • - (Brandeis University, The Heller School) Details

      Ability to develop customized reports related to metropolitan areas.

    • HDPulse: An Ecosystem of Health Disparities and Minority Health Resources - (National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), NIH) Details

      Site provides an ecosystem to characterize health disparities to motivate action to reduce health disparities. Interactive graphics and maps provide visual support for deciding where to focus public health disparities control efforts.

    • Health Disparities Calculator - (National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH) Details

      Statistical software designed to generate multiple summary measures to evaluate and monitor health disparities (HD). HD*Calc was created as an extension of SEER*Stat that allows the user to import SEER Data or other population based health data such as National Health Interview Survey, California Health Interview Survey, Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey, and National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

    • Health Equity Assessment Toolkit (HEAT) - (World Health Organization (WHO)) Details

      A tool from WHO designed to assess intra-country health inequalities. The toolkit allows researchers to explore or compare inequalities between countries.

    • Health Equity State Snapshots - (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)) Details

      Summaries of data collected through ASTHO's Health Equity-Minority Health Survey to assess health equity efforts in the U.S. states and territories.

    • National Equity Atlas - (PolicyLink) Details

      A data and policy tool for the community leaders and policymakers who are working to build a new economy that is equitable, resilient, and prosperous. The Atlas provides extensive data about racial equity and inclusion to allow users to examine how well diverse groups can access the resources and opportunities they need to participate and prosper.

    • Neighborhood Atlas - (University of Wisconsin) Details

      Tool allows for rankings of neighborhoods by socioeconomic status disadvantage in a region of interest (e.g. at the state or national level). It includes factors for the theoretical domains of income, education, employment, and housing quality. It can be used to inform health delivery and policy, especially for the most disadvantaged neighborhood groups.

    • PROGRESS framework: Applying an equity lens to interventions - (National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools) Details

      PROGRESS can help the adaptation of research evidence by identifying factors that may affect how the disadvantaged groups in your population engage with the intervention being planned or the method of implementation.

    • Pathways to Health Equity - (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)) Details

      An interactive tool which highlights promising community-driven approaches to advance health equity.

    • Return on Investment (ROI) Calculator for Partnerships to Address the Social Determinants of Health - (Commonwealth Fund) Details

      This calculator is designed to help community-based organizations and their health system partners plan sustainable financial arrangements to fund the delivery of social services to high-need, high-cost (HNHC) patients. HNHC patients, who account for a large share of overall health care spending, often have social needs, clinically complex conditions, cognitive or physical limitations, and/or behavioral health problems. Research shows that complex patients are likely to benefit from a holistic model of care that addresses the social determinants of health (SDOH) such as transportation, housing, and nutrition, in addition to medical needs.

    • U.S. News Healthiest Communities Rankings Details

      Tool scores nearly 3,000 counties on approximately 80 indicators across 10 categories that drive health outcomes. Population health and equity are the most heavily weighted categories.

Tools and toolkits that can be used to educate, provide guidance and framework for, and engage healthcare professionals on health disparities, population health, and the social determinants of health.
    Web Portals

  • 100 Million Healthier Lives Details

    A collaboration from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to create health, wellbeing, and equity. Focus is on community health, multi-disciplinary collaboration, policy changes, peer-to-peer support, culture change, and creating environments good at both health and care.

  • 500 Cities Project Details

    The 500 Cities Project provides city and census data on 27 chronic disease risk factors, health outcomes, and clinical preventive service use for the 500 largest U.S. cities as a means to provide benchmarks for population health. The 500 Cities data is available for download, report creation, and customizable visualizations.

  • AAMC Collaborative for Health Equity: Act, Research, Generate Evidence (CHARGE) Details

    A new forum designed to connect investigators and clinicians on issues related to research aimed at minimizing health disparities.

  • AHRQ - Minority Health Details

    Links to AHRQ's minority health programs, reports, workshops, etc.

  • Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion Details

    An HSR&D Center of Excellence whose mission is to reduce disparities and promote equity in health and health care among vulnerable groups of veterans and other populations.

  • Center for Health Equity and Wellness Details

    Center for Health Equity and Wellness was created to raise community awareness about local health disparities, improve capacity to deliver population-based care, and develop solutions to eliminate local disparities in health care.

  • CityHealth Details

    CityHealth, an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation, provides leaders with a package of evidence-based policy solutions that will help millions of people live longer, better lives in vibrant, prosperous communities.

  • Disparities in Mental Health Services Research Details

    This program plans, stimulates, disseminates, and supports research on the complex factors that influence disparities in mental health services, particularly across special population groups such as racial and ethnic groups, as well as women and children, and persons living in rural and frontier areas.

  • EJ 2020 Action Agenda: EPA's Environmental Justice Strategy Details

    Priority areas, information, resources, outreach, and challenges to promote environmental justice and better health outcomes for vulnerable communities.

  • GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality Details

  • Health Equity Research and Policy Details

    Features AAMC health equity initiatives and resources, including a Community Engagement Toolkit to promote Native American participation in All of Us, health equity programming, community health needs assessment resources, and presentations from a February 2017 workshop.

  • Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) Details

    Management research to provide operational advice on improving quality, reducing costs and eliminating disparities. Link to toolkits, resources, and reports.

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health (CDC) Details

  • National Academy of Medicine - Select Populations and Health Disparities Details

    Links to current projects, events, and reports concerning minority health as well as information about the work IOM has done in the area of racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare.

  • National Collaborative for Health Equity Details

    The mission of the National Collaborative for Health Equity is to promote health equity by harnessing evidence, developing leaders, and catalyzing partnerships across the many different sectors that share responsibility for creating a more equitable and just society.

  • National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities Details

    The mission of the National Partnership for Action is to mobilize and connect individuals and organizations across the country to create a Nation free of health disparities, with quality health outcomes for all people.

  • National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) Details

    The mission of the National Partnership for Action is to mobilize and connect individuals and organizations across the country to create a Nation free of health disparities, with quality health outcomes for all people. The campaign, launched by the Office of Minority Health (OMH) focuses on health status and health outcomes among racial and ethnic minority populations.

  • National Resource Center on LGBT Aging Details

    An organization established by a federal grant from HHS, the Center provides training, technical assistance, and educational resources to and for the aging LGBT commmunity and organizations.

  • New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) Details

    NYAM has been advancing the health of people in cities since 1847. An independent organization, NYAM addresses the health challenges facing the world's urban populations through interdisciplinary approaches to innovative research, education, community engagement and policy leadership. Drawing on the expertise of diverse partners worldwide and more than 2,000 elected Fellows from across the professions, our current priorities are to create environments in cities that support healthy aging; to strengthen systems that prevent disease and promote the public's health; and to implement interventions that eliminate health disparities. Provides New York City and New York State health and community data resources.

  • Office of Behavioral Health Equity Details

    The Office of Behavioral Health Equity works to reduce mental health and substance use disparities and improve access to quality care.

  • Office of Minority Health & Health Equity (OMHHE) Details

    The Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) coordinates CDC activities for White House and Departmental Initiatives aimed at improving the ability of educational institutions to serve racial and ethnic minorities and addressing the health and human service concerns of racial and ethnic minorities.

  • Office of Minority Health (OMH) Details

    The mission of the Office of Minority Health (OMH) is to improve and protect the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will eliminate health disparities. Detailed information on cultural competency can be found on this site.

  • Partnering4Health Details

    Initiative logs the lessons learned from a grant-funded community health project that improved the health of more than 20 million people in 94 communities across the United States over the last three years. Site includes a comprehensive report, toolkits, online training course, and other resources.

  • Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office - Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI) Details

    The Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO) coordinates sexual and gender minority (SGM)--related research and activities by working directly with the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices.

  • Social Determinants of Health Symposium Series Details

    This website provides information on the Annual Symposium on the Social Determinants of Health.

  • The Fenway Institute Details

    An interdisciplinary center for research, training, education, and policy development, focusing on national and international health issues. Their mission is to ensure access to quality, culturally competent medical and mental health care for traditionally underserved communities, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and those affected by HIV/AIDS.

  • Vulnerable Populations Details

    The goals of the program are to improve the overall quality of health care delivered to low-income and minority Americans, and to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities. The program builds on efforts to improve quality of care overall in the United States, focusing on safety-net hospitals and ambulatory care providers serving large numbers of low-income and minority patients.

  • Web Portals