The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation convened this Commission recognizing that the existing structure of health data systems does not effectively address the impact of structural racism on health or powerfully engage actions to address this at a community level. The nation needs a robust, transformative effort to address the shortcomings of our current health data system, which includes public health but also other relevant sectors. Our hope is that these recommendations serve as a catalyst for meaningful change before the next public health crisis hits. It’s impossible for the nation to fix what isn’t measured.
Alonzo Plough, PhD, MPH, RWJF Chief Science Officer and Vice President for Research, Education and Learning