WHEREAS, statistics reveal persistent racial, ethnic, language and gender disparities in the quality of health care received by patients; and
WHEREAS, black men and women are more likely to die from heart disease than any other racial/ethnic group, and blacks are three times more likely to die from asthma than whites. And black women are more than twice as likely to die from cervical cancer as white women; and
WHEREAS, women who are having a heart attack are 39 percent more likely to be incorrectly diagnosed than men; and
WHEREAS, Medicare beneficiaries with limited English skills are less likely to receive cancer screening services, such as mammograms, than those who speak English; and
WHEREAS, research shows improvements in the quality of care received by all patients when there is accurate collection and reporting of racial, ethnic, and language data. Specifically, a recent initiative focused on reducing disparities in cardiac care indicated that when hospitals collected patient race, ethnicity, and language data and reported quality measures by these characteristics, they closed gaps in care and improved quality overall;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the NAACP supports efforts to ensure the accurate collection and reporting of data by health care providers, programs, and plans about patients and the care they receive broken down by race and ethnicity.