Health Disparities in the Medi-Cal Population: Fact Sheets
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The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) produces a series of one-page fact sheets, titled Health Disparities in the Medi-Cal Population. 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.
The fact sheets are organized by six priorities that are very similar to those in the National Strategy for Quality (NQS) Improvement in Health Care which are relevant to public- and private-sector care delivery across many patient populations. Like NQS principle #3, a cross-cutting commitment to eliminate disparities due to race/ethnicity, gender, age, socioeconomic status, geography, and other factors, DHCS is focused on eliminating health disparities.
There are fact sheets on quality measures from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Adult Medicaid Quality Grant. The topics include a range of health issues including infant mortality, child vaccination, cancer screening, physical activity, obesity, hypertension, depression, palliative care, hospital acquired conditions, and breastfeeding. In the future, more health topics will be examined such as smoking among adolescents and adults, diabetes prevalence, and hospice enrollment. In addition, other social strata and groups will be explored
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Explore individual fact sheets below, organized by DHCS Quality Strategy priority and topic area. Some fact sheets fit within one priority while others might cut across two or more priorities. All fact sheets address the seventh priority, to eliminate health disparities.