Health and Equity in New Hampshire: 2013 Report Card
Date: February 22nd, 2013
This report presents New Hampshire’s first ever Health and Equity Report Card reflecting data to measure key health disparities among the state’s racial, ethnic, and linguistic minority populations. Our goal is to provoke questions, illustrate trends and patterns, and generate more interest in collecting and analyzing data to understand health disparities among these groups in order to advance health and equity in New Hampshire.
This Report Card, prepared in partnership with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health & Refugee Affairs, includes existing race, ethnicity and language (REaL) data and compares outcomes for different minority groups to show the degree of equity or inequity within each measure. This is referred to as an “Equity Index.” Disparities in health outcomes are linked to the other factors affecting health, each with an explanation as to why that measure matters. We also present a specific examination of health equity among juvenile age groups in New Hampshire, and conclude with suggestions for improving REaL data collection in New Hampshire, and “best practices” from other states.
Understanding how health and equity issues affect racial, ethnic, and linguistic minorities in our state is important for both practical and policy purposes. Policymakers should be concerned about health equity, as research shows that health disparities actually lower overall health care quality and increase overall health care costs. Recent analysis estimates that 30 percent of direct medical costs for Blacks, Hispanics, and Asian Americans are excess costs due to health inequities and that the economy loses an estimated $309 billion per year due to the direct and indirect costs of such disparities.
Our main findings are: