Health Disparities

Health disparities refer to those avoidable differences in health among specific population groups that result from cumulative social disadvantages. The Department of Public Health monitors health disparities as an essential part of reducing the disease burden on vulnerable populations in Connecticut, identifying high-risk groups, formulating health care policy, and evaluating our state’s progress in eliminating health disparities.

This Health Disparities Statistics and Research web page provides relevant information about health disparities in mortality, hospitalizations, birth outcomes, disease incidence, and risk factor prevalence for priority health disparities populations. Such priority population groups may be based on race, ethnicity, age, gender, socioeconomic position, immigrant status, sexual minority status, language, disability, homelessness, and geographic area of residence.  The links below provide current information for publications, presentations, and data tables related to health disparities and health outcomes among Connecticut residents.
The Connecticut Health Disparities Project was a two-year cooperative agreement (2006-2008) generously supported by the Connecticut Health Foundation. Its products and publications are marked with a bullet [Health Disparities Publication] and can be found below.
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Issue Briefs/Fact Sheets
Racial and Ethnic Differences in Hospital Charges in Connecticut: Data Update - This data brief updates Quantifying the Potential Economic Benefits of Health Equity in Connecticut: Disparities in Hospital Charges and Costs among Blacks and Hispanics compared to Whites, 2005-2012, a poster presented at the Keeneland Conference in Lexington, Kentucky on April 21, 2015. (September 2016)
Estimating Total Excess Hospital Charges Due to Race and Ethnicity in Connecticut - July 2016: This summary describes an analysis conducted to quantify the disparity in hospital charges among non-Hispanic Black or African American and Hispanic or Latino Connecticut residents compared with non-Hispanic White residents. (PDF 140 KB)
Please go to our Mortality Statistics page to view our current data on death counts; age-adjusted mortality and premature mortality rates; and mortality disparities by gender, race, and ethnicity.
By gender, race, and ethnicity; average length of stay; and median charges (all PDF).
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For further information, please go to our Health Care Quality Reports page to view our current data about chronic disease hospitalization rates by gender, race, and ethnicity; average length of stay; and median charges.
National Reports
(clicking on this link will redirect you to the H-CUP website) 
This report focuses on providing information on approaches to using race/ethnicity data for reducing disparities in the quality of health and health care. It cites Connecticut as a leading state in the analysis of data and reporting on health disparities. 
Health Disparities Links - Connecticut
CT Department of Public Health:

Health Disparities Links - Federal

Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (CDC)
Office of Minority Health (U.S. DHHS)
U.S. Census Bureau

Contact Us
CT Department of Public Health
Office of Health Equity
Phone: 860-509-7140; Email: