Researching the role of state purchasers and regulators in reducing racial and ethnic health disparities

Racial and ethnic disparities in health care status and access have become an area of greater concern at all levels of government, with multiple initiatives adopted at the federal, state, and local levels. States are beginning to realize the potential for leveraging their extensive purchasing and regulatory power to reduce racial and ethnic disparities. The purpose of this project is to compile information on existing state regulatory and purchasing strategies to address disparities through an initial literature review and a survey of 26 state Offices of Minority Health. The survey results will be presented at NASHP's annual meeting. A more intensive one-day summit will follow to review the draft survey findings, identify the most promising purchasing and regulatory strategies for disparity reduction, and identify further areas for the Foundation's programming. A final policy briefing paper will be shared with state and federal policymakers through mailings and NASHP's Web site. This project will be considered successful if, one year after its completion, at least 10 states have initiated purchasing or regulatory activities designed to reduce disparities, as measured by a follow-up telephone survey to be conducted by the grantee.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $93,305.00

Awarded on: 2/26/2001

Time frame: 3/1/2001 - 4/30/2002

Grant Number: 41395


Center for Health Policy Development/NASHP

10 Free Street, 2nd Floor
Portland, 04101-4897


Patricia A. Riley
Project Director