20 Days of ACA: Understanding the health care needs of Latin@s

Living in DC, politics is difficult to escape from- more recently, talk about the Affordable Care Act has been on the rise! The following blog post, from the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health explains how the Affordable Care Act will effect latin@s. Check it out!

Nuestra Vida, Nuestra Voz

Throughout 20 Days of ACA , we have discusses how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or health reform will address inequities in health care and health faced by people of color and other underserved communities. We have talked about improving the health care workforce , increasing access to preventive care, and Community Transformation Grants to address chronic diseases in communities marginalized by the health care system.

Today, we will discuss another effort headed up by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): improving data collection on undeserved communities so as to better understand and address health disparities.

Why is improved data collection important?

Health data collected from federal agencies, department and offices is used to inform national, state and local health initiatives. Without detailed demographic information, health initiatives may overlook the health care challenges of specific underserved populations. This particularly true for LGBTQ Latin@s, whose intersectional identities and…

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