APIAHF: HHS Announces New Draft Standards for Data Collection

New Draft Standards for Collecting and Reporting Data


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced new draft standards for collecting and reporting data on race, ethnicity, sex, primary language and disability status, and announced the Administration’s plans to begin collecting health data on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) populations. Both efforts aim to help researchers, policy makers, health providers and advocates to identify and address health disparities afflicting these communities. To read the full HHS press release, click here.

The new draft standards will add seven Asian subgroups (Chinese, Filipino, Asian Indian, Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean and other Asian) and four Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander subgroups (Native Hawaiian, Guamanian or Chamorro, Samoan and other Pacific Islander) to federal population health surveys. The addition of these ethnic subgroups will reflect what is already being used in the American Community Survey (ACS) and in the 2000 and 2010 Decennial Census.

APIAHF president and CEO Kathy Lim Ko applauded the announcement, saying “We are very pleased with the new draft standards for the collection of data because this will provide us with a better understanding of the health challenges faced by our communities.”

To read Kathy Lim Ko’s full statement on the draft standards, click here.

HHS is Seeking Public Comment on the New Draft Standards


HHS is seeking public comments on draft standards for data collection as required by Section 4302 of the Affordable Care Act.  Public comments can be submitted on the Office of Minority Health website, click here.

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