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Implications of the New Federal Approach to Classifying Race/Ethnicity

Tuesday, March 6, 2001, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

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Overview

A common language for the collection and analysis of data on race and ethnicity is essential to understanding relationships between these characteristics and health status. In October 1997, the Federal government adopted new standards for the classification of Federal data on race and ethnicity; these standards were used in the 2000 Census and must be adopted nationally by January 1, 2003.

This DataSpeak, featuring National Center for Health Statistics researchers Jacqueline Wilson Lucas, Dr. Brady Hamilton, and Dr. Elizabeth Arias, will discuss the new standards and their implications for health data and research, in particular the coding and analysis of infant birth and death records.