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Utah Disparities Office Data and Reports

Office of Health Disparities Reports

MAHINA Pilot Program: Raising Awareness About Birth Outcomes Disparities Among Pacific Islander Communities in Utah
This is a summary of OHD's collaboration with the MAHINA (Maternal Health & Infant Advocates) Task Force of a pilot project to raise awareness about birth outcomes disparities among Utah Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander communities. Mahina Pilot Report 2015.

African American and Pacific Islander Postnatal Interview Study: How the Rest of their Lives Affects Pregnancies of Pacific Islanders and African Americans in Utah
Utah's first ever qualitative study with Utah African American and Pacific Islander mothers who had experierienced an adverse birth outcome; this study focused on identifying social determinants of health factors. African American and Pacific Islander Postnatal Interview Study.

Developing a Multilingual Questionnaire and Surname List to Sample Utah Pacific Islanders
This peer-reviewed article explains the methods and implications of the 2011 Utah Pacific Islander Study.
Bennett, April Young MPA; Friedrichs, Michael MS; Nickerson, Marilynn MPA; Díez, Dulce MPH, MCHES
Developing a Multilingual Questionnaire and Surname List to Sample Utah Pacific Islanders
Journal of Public Health Management & Practice: March/April 2013 - Volume 19 - Issue 2 - p E25–E31 doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e318252ee60

Bridging Communities & Clinics Pilot Outreach Program 2012
This report outlines the successful outcomes of OHD's innovative new outreach strategy.

Health Status by Geography 2012
This report highlights health and demographic data by county and links the reader to more information about local counties on the Internet.

Utah Pacific Islanders Community Perspectives
An indepth conversation with local Pacific Islanders about perspectives surrounding birth outcomes. Report outlines results of two surveys and five focus groups conducted.

Utah Pacific Islanders 2011
The first statewide health survey conducted in three languages, interviewing 605 adult Utah Pacific Islanders in English, Tongan, and Samoan.

Moving Forward in 2010
This report describes trends in Utah minority health since CMH was established in 2005.
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Utah Health Status by Race and Ethnicity: 2010 Report
A new and comprehensive reference of public health data about the state's diverse racial and ethnic groups.
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Utah Health Disparities Summaries
Each 4-page report compares health indicators of a specific minority population to all Utahns and state and national targets for the year 2010. The reports also include demographic information for context.

The 2008 Qualitative Report: Public Health Messages from Utah’s Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations
This report, sponsored by CMH and other Utah Department of Health (UDOH) programs, describes 17 community discussions about health with 180 members of some of Utah’s racial and ethnic minority communities: African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and Pacific Islanders. Also view how UDOH employees responded to this report.

Community Forums
In 2008, the Utah Department of Health, Center for Multicultural Health (CMH) funded six ethnic community organizations to conduct forums within their own communities to discuss health issues.

Utah Latino Health and Disability Needs Assessment
This study was done by utah State University for the Utah Department of Health in 2006 and describes the needs of Utah Latinos with disabilities.

Progress Reports

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IBIS: Utah's Indicator-Based Information System

Utah Health Indicators by Race and Ethnicity
See current graphs by race and ethnicity for a wide range of health issues.

County Health and Demographic Information
Find demographic and health profiles for each county in Utah. IBIS health indicators for each county will also be included.

Utah's Indicator Based Information System for Public Health (IBIS-PH)
At this website, maintained by the Office of Public Health Assessment, you can access health surveillance publications and reports.  You may also run custom queries of surveillance databases for information limited by variables such as race and ethnicity.

2012 Utah Statewide Health Status Report
This report was developed based on IBIS to inform the Statewide Health Improvement Plan (SHIP), a strategic planning effort by the Utah Department of Health and Utah's 12 local health departments. It provides summary tables to easily show where local measures differ from the overall state measures. The report also includes information about Healthy People 2020 and at-risk populations.

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Utah Health Status Updates
Selections from the monthly data report series that highlight minority health issues.

Mar. 2013 Health Disparities and the Social Determinants of Health

Feb. 2013: Healthy Utah Babies: The Challenge

Jan. 2013: Social Determinants of Health: Income Disparities

Dec. 2012: Social Determinants of Health: Education Disparities

Dec. 2011: Utah Pacific Islanders and Diabetes

Nov. 2011: Obesity among Utah Pacific Islanders

Sept. 2011: Utah Heart Failure Hospitalizations by Race and Ethnicity

Aug. 2011: Disparities Report

Sept. 2010: Utah Hispanic/Latino Disease Trends

April 2009: Health Disparities

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Other Reports about Utah Health

Women's Health in Utah
A factsheet by

Intergenerational Poverty in Utah 2013, 2012
This report is the result of an effort to track intergenerational poverty related data to identify at-risk children and other groups and trends. This first annual report provides characteristic information among intergenerational public assistance adults and children.



Community Health Workers in Utah 2012
This report is the result of a literature review, a nationwide survey, and a Utah-specific survey on current practices and impacts of programs utilizing the services of Community Health Workers.

Asthma in Utah Burden Report 2012
This report provides an in depth look at asthma issues including symptoms, risk factors, treatmnet costs, mortality and detailed maps of areas with the highest asthma prevalence and emergency department visits and hospitalizations.

Cardiovascular Disparities
An in depth look at trends in cardiovascular health and its risk factors (including obesity, tobacco use, and diabetes) and on disparities associated with high blood pressure. Prepared and presented by Mary Catherine Jones, MPH, UDOH/Bureau of Health Promotion in March 2010.PDF Version (with narrative)

Struggling at the Golden Door: International Refugees in Utah
This report, published by the University of Utah, Center for Public Policy and Administration, discusses the plight of refugees to Utah.

Navajo Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBS)
The Navajo YRBS provides the public with Navajo youth prevalence rates for a variety of health issues such as violence and injury, tobacco, alcohol and other drug use, sexual behavior, diet, and physical activity.

National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc.: Utah Facts
NACHC provides state level statistics on vulnerable populations served by health centers and Medicaid/SCHIP.

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Health Rankings

Measure of America
This project by the Social Science Research Council provides interactive maps on the topics pf health, education and income.

Putting Men's Health Care Disparities on the Map: Examining Racial and Ethnic Disparities at the State Level
This report by Kiaser Family Foundation provides new information about how men fare at the state level by assessing aspects of health status, access to care and 22 other indicators of health and well-being. September 2012.

CDC Data to Action
Sortable Stats
See how Utah compares to other states in several health indicators. Click on a health indicator at the top of the screen to view states in order of rank at that measure.

Policy Implementation Analyses
Compare state laws affecting health.

America's Health: State Health Rankings
The United Health Foundation compares Utah health status to that of the other states.

Dashboard on Health Care Quality Compared to All States
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality ranks Utah healthcare in comparison to other states.

County Health Rankings
Find out how your county compares to others in individual health behaviors, education and jobs, quality of health care, and the environment using this website by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

Putting Women's Health Care Disparities on the Map
The Kaiser Foundation gave Utah a better than average score for equity for minority women in social determinants of health but a lower than average score for health care access.

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Interactive Maps

Mapping America: Every City, Every Block
These interactive maps show racial, ethnic, income, education and other demographic characteristics in Utah neighborhoods and across the nation. The maps were created through a collaboration of the U.S. Census Bureau and the New York Times.

Measure of America
This project by the Social Science Research Council provides interactive maps on the topics pf health, education and income.

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Demographic Fact Sheets

Race and Hispanic Population Density: Utah Small Areas
This chart is based on Neilsen Pop Facts Premier..

Most Common Languages Spoken at Home in Utah, Updated February 2011
This chart lists languages spoken at home by Utahns according to the most recent data from the U.S Census Bureau, American Community Survey 2007-09. The chart also reflects how well speakers of these languages reported that they speak English.

Population by Race and Hispanic Origin: Utah Counties (2008)
This factsheet was prepared by the University of Utah based on U.S. Census Bureau data.

U.S. Census Bureau Quick Facts
This fact sheet compares Utah demographics to U.S. demographics.  From this page, you can also link to fact sheets for any Utah county and for many Utah cities.

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Demographic Databases

American Fact Finder
Searchable database of the newest U.S. Census Bureau data

American Community Survey
Search aggregated data from past surveys. The U.S. Census Bureau conducts the American Community Survey throughout the decade, not just on census years.  Demographic profiles include race, ethnicity, language, country of ancestry and other information.

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Demographic Reports

Simple graphs that show Utah demographic trends over the past several decades.

Census Brief: Race and Ethnicity in Utah
This report is prepared by the Utah Governor's Office of Planning and Budget Demographic and Economic Analysis. Released April 2012.

Utah's Demographic Transformation: A View into the Future
This article by Pamela S. Perlich in the Utah Economic and Business Review describes new trends in Utah demographics.

Latinos in the 2010 Elections: Utah
The Pew Research Center provides demographic information about Latino voters in Utah.

Utah: Emerging Asian American, Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Communities
This fact sheet by the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations describes Asian and Pacific Island demographics in Utah.

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National and World Data

Healthy People 2020 Graph Maker
Compare leading causes of death by race, ethnicity, sex and age.

Overview of Health Coverage for Individuals with Limited English Proficiency
This brief provides an overview of the population of people in the United States with limited English proficiency (LEP) and describes their access to health coverage and care. Release by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Health Coverage in Communities of Color: Talking about the New Census Numbers
This fact sheet by Families USA describes how statistics on uninsurance affect minority Americans.

Born too Soon Report 2012
This is a global action report about preterm birth, its consequences and prevention strategies.

Kaiser Fast Facts and Kaiser Slides
Free, downloadable fact sheets and slides about health topics, including minority health.

Research Findings 28: Demographics and Health Care Access and
Utilization of Limited-English-Proficient and English-Proficient

Data reveal that Hispanic adults with limited English proficiency (LEP) are more likely to be uninsured, without a usual source of care, and without a visit to a doctor or dentist than English-proficient Hispanic adults. English-proficient Hispanic adults are similarly disadvantaged compared to white non-Hispanic adults.

State of Lung Disease in Diverse Communities: 2007
This report by the American Lung Association provides statistics and research about lung health issues such as asthma, smoking and clean air as they relate to racially and ethnically diverse communities.


The American Community Reports 2004


Kaiser Health Disparities Report: A Weekly Look at Race, Ethnicity and Health
Kaiser reports new new research findings and policy efforts related to minority health every week.
Health and other data by metropolitan area.

A National Action Plan for Cancer Survivorship
These Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports prioritize the needs of cancer survivors in communities disparately affected by cancer.
African American Priorities
Native American Priorities

The 2006 National Healthcare Disparities Report
This national report tracks disparities in both quality of and access to health care in the United States for both the general population and for AHRQ's congressionally designated priority populations.

Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2004 Report
This Census Bureau report shows national differences in poverty level and health insurance by race and ethnicity.

Census 2000 Briefs and Special Reports
This page links to U.S. Census Bureau reports that provide detailed information about each of the racial and ethnic categories, ancestry, language, and other census topics.

Health and Human Services Statistics about Minorities
From this webpage, you can search for major websites, reports, and tables with data on racial and ethnic minorities.  The site includes data from HHS agencies, other federal, state and local government agencies and their contractors and grantees.

Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH 2010): Addressing Disparities in Health: At A Glance 2005
This report lists health disparities that the nation must address to meet Healthy People 2010 objectives and describes the progress of some programs working to eliminate disparities.
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World Health Organization (WHO)
The World Health Organization is the United Nations agency for health.  WHO publications include data from throughout the world.

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Resources for Data Collection

State Documentation of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities to Inform Strategic Action
This report prepared for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality by the National Academy for State Health Policy highlights " leading states," in analyzing state and federal race/ethnicity data in strategic plans and reports aimed at reducing racial and ethnic disparities in health status and health care. Utah is one of the leading states highlighted.

The Legality of Collecting and Disclosing Patient Race and Ethnicity Data
This report by the George Washington University Medical Center explains legal issues for healthcare settings.

Eliminating Health Disparities: Strengthening Data on Race, Ethnicity, and Primary Language in the United States
This report explains recommendations of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, Subcommittee on Populations about how to obtain, collect and store health data on race, ethnicity, and primary language.

Health and Human Services Data Council: Racial and Ethnic Data Working Group
This site links to federal standards for the collection of racial and ethnic data and to several federal data products.

Leveraging Data to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
This initiative by the Center for Health Strategies, Inc. involves Medicaid plans and their managed care contractors in reducing health disparities through data collection and policy changes.

Methodological Issues in Measuring Health Disparities
This report explains issues to consider when determining how to measure health disparities.

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