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State-based Diabetes Surveillance Among Minority Populations

Author(s): Jay Desai

Journal: Preventing Chronic Disease
ISSN 1545-1151

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Date: 2004;
Original page

Keywords: Diabetes | surveillance | minority | chronic disease | public health

The elimination of health disparities in the United States is a national priority and overriding goal for Healthy People 2010 (HP 2010). Surveillance of health indicators among minority populations is essential to eliminating disparities. Surveillance is critical for program planning, policy making, evaluating population-based strategies, and tracking progress toward national and state objectives. The U.S. public health field has made steady progress in diabetes surveillance over the past decade, but there is much room for improvement (1). In this issue, Burrows et al report the findings and recommendations of an expert panel on the feasibility of using current surveys for diabetes surveillance among minority populations (2). The expert panel, convened by the Division of Diabetes Translation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found existing surveys insufficient for diabetes survey surveillance among minority populations, and, given the realities of finite resources, the panel recommended modifying and expanding existing survey systems to improve this capacity.
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