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HB22-1157

Utilization Of Demographic Data By Colorado Department Public Health And Environment

Concerning the utilization of demographic health data by the department of public health and environment to address health inequities, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
Session:
2022 Regular Session
Subject:
Public Health
Bill Summary

The bill requires the department of public health and environment (department), as part of its duty to disseminate public health information, to:

  • Collect public health information from data sources and data provided to the department, including information concerning race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity, to the extent permissible under applicable federal and state data privacy laws, rules, and regulations and federal contracts ; and
  • Provide direction and technical assistance relating to public health information.

The bill does not require a person to provide demographic information concerning race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

The bill requires the state board of health (board) to promulgate rules, which apply to all state and county, district, and municipal public health agencies, health officers public health directors , and other persons required to collect and report data, concerning the requirements for collecting data, and the manner and time frame for reporting and disaggregating data in compliance with health data applicable federal and state privacy laws, rules, and regulations and federal contracts to protect sensitive medical information and personally identifying information .

For required health equity commission (commission) reports that do not include complete demographic information, the bill requires state agencies that are represented on the commission to submit publish a supplemental report to address the social determinants of health and the strategies used to address health disparities and inequities based on race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

To assist with the department's assessment of health disparities and inequities, the bill requires the commission to convene a data advisory working group (working group) to advise the commission relating to collecting and aggregating nonidentifying demographic data and information from Colorado residents about race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity as part of public health programs and from information acquired by or submitted to the department. The bill includes the selection of members for the working group.

For the 2022-23 state fiscal year, the bill appropriates $360,000 from the general fund to the department of public health and environment to implement the bill.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status

Introduced
Passed

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