Published Date: November 08, 2023

This special section of the American Journal of Public Health furthers the discourse on how we can build more equitable public health data and data systems. The approaches entail creating better data content, processes, and infrastructures. Public health data should include elements for identifying health inequities and tracking our progress toward greater health equity locally and nationally. There needs to be more standardized data on structural and perceived racism and other forms of discrimination and exclusion using validated measures, more representative data with sufficient sample sizes to disaggregate and identify the experiences and needs of marginalized communities, and more ongoing data collection to monitor progress toward health equity.

The articles in this special section provide insights and examples from federal, state, and local perspectives and experiences on how our nation’s public health survey and surveillance programs can become more equitable.

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