Find data on health disparities and health care quality among diverse populations, cultural and linguistic competency, health literacy, and health reform.
- Health Reform at SAMHSA
- The HHS published final standards for data collection on race, ethnicity, sex, primary language, and disability status for all national population health surveys, as required by Section 4302 of the Affordable Care Act.
Outreach and Enrollment of Diverse Populations
Recordings of webinars on outreach and enrollment of diverse populations:
- Video: ACA 101: Basics for Urban Indian Populations (51:43)
- Video: ACA Outreach and Enrollment Challenges in Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities: Some Findings (46:45)
- Video: ACA Outreach & Enrollment in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Communities: Explaining Health Insurance (24:35)
- Video: ACA Outreach & Enrollment in Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities: Promising Practices (47:13)
- Video: Affordable Care Act Outreach and Enrollment: Lessons Learned and Next Steps for Urban Indian Populations (49:58)
- Video: Barriers and Challenges for Outreach and Enrollment in Latino Communities (52:44)
- Video: Best Practices on Outreach and Enrollment of Latinos in Affordable Care Act Programs (59:24)
- Video: Building Partnerships To Further Outreach & Enrollment in Latino Communities (1:01:53)
- Video: Demographic Overview of Latino Adolescents & their Health Coverage Needs (in English or Spanish) (1:01:35)
- Video: Effective Outreach and Enrollment Practices to Latino Youth (in English or Spanish) (58:54)
- Video: Engaging the Diversity of the Black Community in ACA Outreach and Enrollment Efforts (1:24:49)
- Video: Financial Costs and Considerations of Health Coverage through the Affordable Care Act (1:04:50)
- Video: Fundamentals of Health Reform Outreach and Enrollment to Latinos (49:57)
- Video: Health Insurance: How Do I Get It, Pay for It and Use It? (30:45)
- Video: Latino Language Access and the Affordable Care Act (1:08:04)
- Video: Persistent Barriers for Latino Enrollment Through the Affordable Care Act (51:20)
- Video: The ABC’s about the Impact of Literacy on Affordable Care Act Efforts in the Black Community (1:40:27)
- Video: What Immigrants and Refugees Need to Know about the Affordable Care Act (23:43)
Infographics on Flickr
- About 1 in 6 uninsured low-income adults has a severe mental health disorder
- An estimated 27 million uninsured Americans could gain coverage. Are you one of them?
- I Am Covered. Are You?
- Medicaid: Do You Qualify?
- Medicaid: The Basics
- Outreach and Enrollment of Diverse Communities: Infographics Flickr album
- The ACA helps diverse population get access to behavioral health services
- What Does the Affordable Care Act Mean for Behavioral Health?
Blog posts on outreach and enrollment of diverse populations
- A Champion for Coverage in Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities
- Getting Covered: Outreach and Enrollment in Communities of Color
- Shake, Rattle, Enroll
- Your Health Insurance Coverage Options: How to Get Covered
- Your Health Insurance Coverage Options: The Basics
Publications providing outreach and insurance enrollment strategies for behavioral health organizations
- Strategies for Behavioral Health Organizations to Promote New Health Insurance Opportunities in African American Communities – 2014
- Strategies for Behavioral Health Organizations to Promote New Health Insurance Opportunities in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities – 2014
- Strategies for Behavioral Health Organizations to Promote New Health Insurance Opportunities in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Communities – 2014
- Strategies for Behavioral Health Organizations to Promote New Health Insurance Opportunities in Latino and Hispanic Communities – 2014
Health and Health Care Disparities Data
- The SAMHSA Chartbook: Racial/Ethnic Differences in Mental Health Service Use Among Adults (PDF | 1.2 MB) uses data from 2008 to 2012 to present nationally representative estimates of mental health service use among adults within different racial groups.
- The Health Disparities & Inequalities Report at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a series of periodic, consolidated assessments that highlight health disparities by sex, race, and ethnicity as well as income, education, disability status, and other social characteristics in the United States.
- The National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Reports at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) measure trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient centeredness, and efficiency of care.
- SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) serves as the primary source of information on the use of illegal drugs, alcohol, and tobacco in the civilian, non-institutionalized population of the United States, ages 12 years old or older.
Health Literacy and Cultural Competency
- The Culture, Language, and Health Literacy webpage at the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) provides information about culturally and linguistically appropriate health communication tools.
- Providers and health care organizations are encouraged to use the National Standards on Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health. These standards are for health care organizations to ensure that services are more culturally and linguistically accessible for diverse populations.
Healthy People 2020
Healthy People 2020 provides a comprehensive set of 10-year, national goals and objectives for improving the health of all Americans, with 2 of the 12 leading health topics being mental health and substance use.