Addressing Health Equity: Eliminating Healthcare Disparities in New York State

In 2011, the Governor’s Medicaid Redesign Team Workgroup on Health Disparities released fourteen (14) recommendations aimed at addressing health disparities in New York State. Among them, implementation and expansion of data collection standards as required by Section 4302 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) to increase the quality, quantity and granularity of race and ethnicity data. In keeping with this recommendation, the quality and completeness of data collected by the New York State Department of Health are being assessed by linking and analyzing data sets including Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS), Vital Statistics, and Medicaid. SPARCS and other health data collection systems (including the Expanded Behavioral Risk Factor Survey [eBRFSS]) are being expanded to increase the race and ethnicity categories to align with ACA, Section 4302 and to allow reporting of multiple races and multiple ethnicity categories.   

To advance this work, the New York State Department of Health, University at Albany, School of Public Health, and the Healthcare Association of New York (HANYS) have partnered to increase attention on the role healthcare plays in contributing to healthcare disparities; improve the reliability and completeness of race and ethnicity data collected and reported; and promote use of these data to identify and target health care disparities and improve health equity in New York.

  • Increase knowledge about healthcare disparities across New York
  • Assess the quality and reliability of race and ethnicity data collected by facilities.
  • Expand the granularity of race and ethnicity data collected as part of BRFSS and SPARCS
  • Improve quality and completeness of race and ethnicity data collected and reported
  • Identifying disparities in healthcare quality
  • Develop targeted interventions to address disparities in healthcare

On Demand Events - these are previously recorded webinars that are available for you to view at your convenience.

NYSDOH SPARCS Training Webinar
Originally aired: October 10, 2013
Target Audience: SPARCS Coordinators

Collecting the Data: First Steps in Achieving Health Equity - Public Health Live!
Originally aired: October 17, 2013
Target Audience: Hospital administration and staff, healthcare facility administration and staff, physicians, nurses, healthcare providers, public health workforce

Addressing Health Care Disparities through Better Data Collection Webinar
Originally aired: October 22, 2013
Target Audience:  Physician Leadership, Hospital Executives, Quality improvement Advisers and Medical Staff

Lessons From the Field: Closing the Quality Gap in Healthcare Disparities through Better Data Collection
Originally aired: November 12, 2013
Target Audience:  Physician Leadership, Hospital Executives, Quality improvement Advisers and Medical Staff

The Nuts and Bolts: Collecting Race and Ethnicity Data: Staff Training Webinar
December 5, 2013 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Target Audience: Directors/Supervisors of Hospital Admission and Registration Staff

We Ask Because We Care: What Communities Need to Know about Expanding Race and Ethnicity Data Collection in NYS Hospitals to Address Healthcare Disparities
Originally aired: February 25, 2014
Target Audience: Community Leaders/Community Health Workers/CBO Staff