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
, 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 [
] and can be found below.
Connecticut Chronic Disease Surveillance Indicators (August 2012)
Connecticut Health Database Compendium (March 2012)
Connecticut Department of Public Health Policy on Collecting Sociodemographic Data (September 2008)
The Spatial Context of Health Disparities: A Literature Review (September 2008)
The 2009 Connecticut Health Disparities Report
The Collection of Race, Ethnicity, and Other Sociodemographic Data in Connecticut Department of Public Health Databases (2007 | Report Cover)
Mortality and Its Risk Factors in Connecticut (2005)
Connecticut Women’s Health (2001)
Multicultural Health: The Health Status of Minority Groups in Connecticut (1999)
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 (poster was presented at the Keeneland Conference in Lexington, KY on April 21, 2015)
Cost of Disparities Analysis (for Connecticut) (April 2014)
Enhancing Data and Surveillance of Health Disparities (2013)
Moving Towards Health Equity in Connecticut (2013)
The Landscape of Health Disparities in Connecticut (2011)
Health Disparities in Connecticut: Current Surveillance Data (2008)
The Changing Meaning of Race in the Social Sciences: Some Implications for Research and Social Policy (2008)
An Examination of the Use of Race/Ethnicity in State Health Disparities Reports (April 2007)
Health Disparities in Connecticut: Current Surveillance Data (January 2005)
Road Map to Health (October 2004)
Connecticut Latinos: Lower Age-Adjusted Death but Higher Premature Mortality Rates Compared with White Residents (November 2004)
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)
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).
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.
(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 Disparity links for Connecticut
CT Department of Public Health programs that focus on health disparities:
Federal Health Disparity links
Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (CDC)
Office of Minority Health (U.S. DHHS)
U.S. Census Bureau
CT Department of Public Health
Office of Health Equity
Phone: 860-509-7140; Email: email@example.com