California Needs Standards for Demographic and Social Needs Data to Reduce Disparities and Advance Health Equity

The collection of self-reported, comprehensive, disaggregated, and granular demographic and health-related social needs data is a necessary first step to identifying and then reducing disparities. There are an increasing number of calls to action on improving the collection and use of disaggregated demographic data and social needs data by national health care quality organizations, and the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has recognized collecting and using disaggregated data as an essential strategy for reducing disparities and advancing health equity.