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Cultural Competency in Healthcare: Health Disparities (Data & Statistics)

A collaborative project between the library and Office of Multicultural Affairs


Health Statistics can be difficult to track down. Numerous Federal, State, and local governments are responsible for data collection and the publication of health care information.  Non profit groups also conduct their own research and re-publish data from federal data sources. Always read the fine print on the origin of the data to understand where the information derives from to better understand how to interpret the results. Links to relevant statistical data have been incorporated into each population group listed in this guide.

Key Organizations for Health Disparities Data

The resources below represent key organizations that combine resources on a variety of populations and conditions.

Centers for Disease Control | National Center for Health Statistics

When looking for data on US populations, the first place you should investigate is the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control. "The mission of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is to provide statistical information that will guide actions and policies to improve the health of the American people. As the Nation's principal health statistics agency, NCHS leads the way with accurate, relevant, and timely data." 

Links from Social Determinants of Health Page