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Health Research and statistics unit (hrsu)

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About HRSU

HRSU is a leading state unit in collecting data and disseminating information about health and mental health disparities and inequities in California.  HRSU researches and produces data to fulfill statutory mandated reports, and provides information and technical assistance to CDPH programs, state agencies, local health departments and stakeholders who are working to collect and report information on health and mental disparities and inequities in California.

HRSU Vision

HRSU’s Vision is to become the state’s reference office that provides consultation and data resources to keep abreast of data trends, in an effort to mitigate and eliminate health and mental health disparities and inequities in California.

HRSU Mission

HRSU advances health and mental health equity by:

  1. Providing consultation and technical assistance to state departments and other state and local agencies as well as private entities related to health disparities.
  2. Developing a report with demographic analyses on health and mental health disparities and inequities, updated periodically but not less than every two years, highlighting the underlying conditions that contribute to health and well-being, accompanied by a comprehensive, cross-sectoral strategic plan to eliminate health and mental health disparities.
  3. Transparency through making the data easily accessible to all Californians through different means such as biannual reports, issue briefs, and dissemination through a website in order to measure and track disparities among vulnerable population groups. 

HRSU Values include: 

  1. Accountability - HRSU is accountable to the people of California, as well as to those who depend on its services and information.
  2. Communication - The sharing of information is important for HRSU to effectively and reliably transmit data both internally and externally.
  3. Community - HRSU enhances and supports other areas of OHE's strategic planning effort.
  4. Innovation -  Innovation typifies what HRSU does. For example, HRSU’s demographic report which includes almost all social, economic, and environmental determinants related to health and mental health disparities is unique in state government.

HRSU Projects

  1. Healthy Community Data and Indicators Project 
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