Health Disparities in the Medi-Cal Population
The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has produced a series of one-page fact sheets, titled Health Disparities in the Medi-Cal Population (PDF, 2.6MB). The fact sheets provide a snapshot of the health of Medi-Cal members from various backgrounds, compared to the state population, so that health organizations, government officials, policymakers, and advocates can better understand possible disparities. DHCS elected to use the 39 health indicators presented in the California Health and Human Services Agency’s Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force Final Report (PDF, Not DHCS), as a starting point for the fact sheets. The topics highlighted include: infant mortality, child vaccination, adverse childhood experiences, emergency department visits, physical activity, consumption of sugar sweetened beverages, obesity, health status, hypertension, depression, palliative care, preventable hospitalizations, hospital readmissions, hospital acquired conditions, neighborhood safety, and colon cancer screening. In the future, more health topics will be examined such as smoking among adolescents and adults, nonfatal child maltreatment, diabetes prevalence, and hospice enrollment. In addition, other social strata and groups will be explored.
For questions or comments, please e-mail the Office of the Medical Director at OMD@dhcs.ca.gov.