To Advance Racial Equity, Releasing Disaggregated Data while Protecting Privacy Will Be Key

Urban Institute reports that although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared COVID-19 hits communities of color the hardest—and extensive evidence backs this up—communities of color are not receiving the aid they need. Health officials say the lack of disaggregated data by race and ethnicity has affected timely vaccine distribution and proper messaging for correcting misinformation to help those communities. This situation highlights one of many challenges President Biden’s day-one executive order on racial equity aims to resolve. If federal policymakers want to address racial disparities, they should collect and release detailed, disaggregated data. But they must also carefully consider the unintended harms they could cause to the people they are trying to help. Urban Institute experts offer data tools and rigorous analysis strategies that can help advance the goals of this executive order. In addition to these tools, federal policymakers can consider new methods for understanding disclosure risk and safely releasing data for research. #racialequity #covid-19

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