Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform
In January 2009, OMO began a one-year partnership with the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform. This funding will be used to continue the Heath Task Force meetings through 2009 culminating in a national conference on health data in October 2009. The goal of the conference is to identify and address data policy issues and promulgate best practices for collecting and utilizing race and ethnicity data in the healthcare sector.
The California Endowment
In January 2007, OMO received a grant from The California Endowment (www.calendow.org) to provide leadership in national and California policy arenas to press for the collection and reporting of racial, ethnic, and primary language data. Such data are essential in order to monitor progress toward eliminating health disparities and to plan/implement appropriate community interventions. Working with national and California members and partners, including CPEHN, OMO’s particular focus from 2007-2009 will be to improve the availability of disaggregated data provided by government agencies with broad responsibilities for health care services, and to increase the involvement of communities of color in advocacy with respect to this issue. OMO recently received an extension of this grant, and funding will continue for an extra 5 months until May 2009.