HHS has announced proposed new data collection and reporting standards that include a plan to begin collecting population health data on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered communities.
Proposed collection standards include LGBT data
“Health disparities have persistent and costly effects for minority communities and the whole country,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a news release announcing the proposed new draft standards for data collection and reporting that also include data on race, ethnicity, sex, primary language and disability status. “Today, we are taking critical steps toward ensuring the collection of useful national data on minority groups, including for the first time, LGBT populations. The data we will eventually collect in these efforts will serve as powerful tools and help us in our fight to end health disparities.”
The HHS plan calls for integrating questions on sexual orientation into national collection programs by 2013. HHS also plans to “convene a series of research roundtables with national experts to determine the best way to help the department collect data specific to gender identity,” the HHS statement said.
“The first step is to make sure we are asking the right questions,” Sebelius said. “Sound data collection takes careful planning to ensure that accurate and actionable data is being recorded.”
The plan is open to public comment until Aug. 1 under docket HHS-OMH-2011-0013. More information about the plan is also available though the HHS Office of Minority Health .
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