Healthy People Consortium Meeting and Public Hearing
"Building the Next Generation of Healthy People"
November 12 and 13, 1998
Capital Hilton, Washington, D.C.

Select Populations:

  1. Current national data sources utilized in Healthy People do not allow for the health concerns of diverse population to be recognized, nor do they allow for the identification of the actual health problems which exist among some of the sub-populations within each of the major racial and ethnic categories. National data sources need to be adjusted to oversample among groups who currently are small segments of the total population. Alternatively, Healthy People can start to rely on local data sets that are already collected within these population groups. In some respects, we need to stop focusing so much on the funding needs of data sources, and start using data we already have to avert the funding to much needed programs.
  2. Programmatic funding needs to be focused towards those populations at greatest need. This includes the need for training and grant-writing support in order for those communities in greatest need to have the ability to compete with other groups for limitied resources. In addition, when programmatic funding is granted to a population in need, this funding needs to be long-term in order to achieve a positive effect. Most communities in need do not have the capacity to maintain programs when federal or state support is terminated.
  3. We need to encourage, stimulate, fund, or in someway increase the number of minorities within the public health workforce. Persons from racial and ethnically diverse communities often respond better to health personnel from similar backgrounds. In general, we need to make the jobs in public health more equitable with jobs in other sectors in order to inncrease, and retain qualified persons. And finally, we need to train all health workers in cultural competency, regardless of their personal background or position.
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