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Use of race and ethnicity in public health surveillance; summary of the CDC/ATSDR Workshop
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    Preface -- Introduction -- Background -- Workshop Objectives and Agenda -- -- Summary of Plenary Presentations -- Issues in the use of race and ethnicity in the United States -- Current use of race and ethnicity in public health surveillance -- Measurement and use of race in public health surveillance -- Measurement and use of ethnicity in public health surveillance -- Race in the health of America: problems, issues, and directions -- A Private sector view of health, surveillance, and communities of color -- Perspective of a health scientist: use of race in public health surveillance -- -- Work Group Summaries -- Limitations of Concepts, Measures, and Uses -- Recommendations for Concepts, Measures, and Uses

    "Improvement of the health of racial and ethnic minority populations is a priority for CDC and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Information on race and ethnicity is a critical element in public health surveillance efforts. To address this issue, CDC and the ATSDR conducted a 2-day workshop, "The Use of Race and Ethnicity in Public Health Surveillance," held in Atlanta on March 1-2, 1993. Workshop participants included CDC and ATSDR professional staff and invited experts from academia and the private sector. Objectives of the workshop were to: Describe the current measures of race and ethnicity and their use in public health surveillance at CDC/ATSDR. Assess the epidemiologic basis of the use of race and ethnicity in surveillance for planning, operation, and evaluation of public health programs at CDC/ATSDR. Propose better use of existing measures for race and ethnicity or to identify alternative measures." - p. 1

    "The recommendations generated from the workshop were developed for CDC/ATSDR and some of them may be used to improve surveillance systems at CDC/ATSDR and in other parts of the Public Health Service. In addition, some of these recommendations may be used to update the 1985 Report of the Secretary's Task Force on Black and Minority Health, as well as in measuring progress in reaching the Year 2000 Health Objectives. These recommendations have been submitted to the Director of CDC for consideration. They are being published in this format to stimulate further discussion. Some of these recommendations may exceed the missions of CDC and ATSDR, may be in conflict with other recommendations, or may be in various stages of implementation." - p. viii

    "Held in Atlanta on March 1-2, 1993"--P. 1.

    Papers from the workshop published in Public health reports ; v. 109, no. 1, p. 4-52.

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