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Share ideas on how different stakeholders can use SDOH and clinical data to understand risk patterns and develop social and medical interventions for communities of color. Feel free to suggest ideas that come from the local level or share recommendations that HHS can adopt to improve its use of data.

  • How can we best use data to prioritize interventions for individuals and communities, including clinical, public health and social interventions such as improving access to and utilization of social services?
  • What policy levers at the federal, state, and local level can be used to help vulnerable persons financially and through social services?



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SDOH Data Clearinghouse

"provide a clearinghouse of the publicly available SDOH data that could be leveraged to drive mitigation in vulnerable communities- a single data warehouse with a single data request/ data use agreement process.”

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Building trust to end COVID

  Vaccine hesitancy will be a problem - particularly if vaccines are rushed without proper testing ahead of time and without trust in the institutions who are administering the vaccines.  Invest in community-based, grassroots organizations in the Black, Latinx, Asian-American and American Indian communities to help identify and address the issues and guide the process.    

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Reduce crowding and homelessness

Low-income minorities are more likely than the rest of the U.S. population to live in multigenerational or multi-family households. This reality, in addition to  high rates of homelessness in the U.S., contributes to the higher difficulty of following COVID-19 mitigation measures including social distancing and quarantining. To address this issue, Roundtable participants suggested making empty hotel and dorm rooms available for the homeless and others in extenuating circumstances. HUD and...

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Establish policies to relieve financial burdens for low-income and minority communities

COVID-19 has created severe financial stress across the U.S., and even more so in low-income and minority communities. Policies should be put in place to ease these financial and economic burdens, and the outcomes of those policies should be measured. For example, collecting data on COVID-19 rates in workplaces with paid sick leave could highlight the benefit of this practice. Roundtable participants suggested mandating paid sick leave for workers and implementing other policies to reduce...

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Fund state and local governments for vaccine planning

The lack of trust between minority communities and the U.S. healthcare system is a persistent barrier in the delivery of adequate healthcare to these populations. Collecting data on healthcare utilization and the languages spoken in different communities could help improve outreach and the work of community-based organizations in these communities. In addition to a general distrust of healthcare institutions, minority communities may be skeptical about the development and use of vaccines due...

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Establish a public data clearinghouse for SDOH data

SDOH data regarding vulnerable communities are spread across many different platforms and lack standardization. A clearinghouse of publicly available data could be leveraged to drive intervention to mitigate health risks in low income and minority communities. This single data warehouse should be equipped with a standard data request and data use agreement process so that physicians and researchers can retrieve data easily. Such a warehouse would facilitate better data sharing between...

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Build rich SDOH data platforms with information at refined geographic levels

Rich SDOH data are needed at a local (sub-county) level so that public health departments, community service organizations and policy makers have the information they need to understand the characteristics of their most vulnerable communities and neighborhoods.  If they are armed with this information they will be able to reach those groups and strategize about culturally sensitive strategies for designing interventions to increase testing access, enhance vaccine acceptance (once available)...

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