The Out of Many, One (OMO) Health Data Task Force in partnership with national minority and non-minority organizations has developed a strategic approach to assure that CMS is collecting, distributing and utilizing data on racial and ethnic indicators and primary language for policy purposes. OMO also seeks a commitment from CMS to use these data to improve the quality and access of health services for those it serves and as an example for all other federal agencies.   OMO is also interested in how data collection policies are being advanced and implemented in California and other states and their impact on federal agencies and vice-versa.   The Health Data Task Force meets monthly.

Under OMO’s leadership, task force members have agreed on a common agenda; determined specific issues to be addressed; identified organizations and experts who should be involved; and identified strategies to be utilized to accomplish the stated goals and completed work assignments.  Although the task force continues to keep its primary focus on CMS, it has also targeted related federal and state agencies for advocacy attention.   To date, OMO has attracted the participation of several key Washington, DC, California and other policy organizations, including:

American Association for International Aging (AAIA)
Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)
Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO)
California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN)
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)
Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
Ke Ali`i Maka`ainana Hawaiian Civic Club (KAMHCC)
Khmer Health Advocates, Inc.
La Fe Policy Research and Education Center (La Fe PREC)
Migration Policy Institute (MPI)
National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI)
National Association of State Offices of Minority Health (NASOMH)
National Health Law Program (NHeLP)
National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA)
National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH)
National Indian Project Center (NIPC)
National Organization of Black County Officials (NOBCO)
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI)
Out of Many, One (OMO)
Papa Ola Lokahi (POL)
Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA)
Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Coalition (REHDC)
San Diego State University – Department of Gerontology
Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
Summit Health Institute for Research and Education, Inc. (SHIRE)
UT School of Public Health at Houston, El Paso Regional Campus

Organizations interested in participating should contact Ruth Perot at or 202-371-0277, ext 1317.

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