[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 249 (Friday, December 28, 2012)]
[Pages 76488-76489]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-31196]



Office of the Secretary

 [Document Identifier: HHS-OS-17378-30D]

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for 
Review and Approval; Public Comment Request

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: In compliance with section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Secretary, Department of 
Health and Human Services, has submitted an Information Collection 
Request (ICR), described below, to the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) for review and approval. The ICR is for a new collection. 
Comments submitted during the first public review of this ICR will be 
provided to OMB. OMB will accept further comments from the public on 
this ICR during the review and approval period.

DATES: Comments on the ICR must be received on or before January 28, 

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments to [email protected] or via 
facsimile to (202) 395-5806.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information Collection Clearance 
staff, [email protected] or (202) 690-6162.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: When submitting comments or requesting 
information, please include the Information Collection Request Title 
and document identifier HHS-OS-17378-30D.
    Information Collection Request Title: Evaluation of the National 
Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities.
    Abstract: The Office of Minority Health (OMH) in the Office of the 
Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), Office of the Secretary (OS) is 
requesting approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for 
new data collection activities for the Evaluation of the National 
Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA). The NPA was 
officially launched in April 2011 to mobilize a nationwide, 
comprehensive, community-driven, and sustained approach to combating 
health disparities and to move the nation toward achieving health 
equity. Using an approach that vests those at the front line with the 
responsibility of identifying and helping to shape core actions, new 
approaches and new partnerships are being established to help close the 
health gap in the United States. OMH proposes to conduct an evaluation 
of the NPA. The evaluation's goal is to determine the extent to which 
the NPA has contributed to the elimination of health disparities and 
attainment of health equity in our nation. The evaluation will 
accomplish this goal by (1) determining the degree to which a structure 
(e.g., partnerships, programmatic reach, communications, committees) to 
implement the NPA goals and strategies has been established; (2) 
Collecting, analyzing, and summarizing baseline data for core 
indicators of immediate and intermediate outcomes (e.g., changes in 
policy, procedures, and practices to diversify workforce, promote 
cultural competency, affect social determinants, build leadership, and 
increase public support for ending health disparities and achieving 
health equity); (3) Developing criteria for promising practices for 
ending health disparities and identifying such practices; (4) Beginning 
to monitor data on social determinants of health and health outcomes 
using secondary sources.
    Need and Proposed Use of the Information: The goal of the NPA 
evaluation is to determine the extent to which the NPA has contributed 
to the elimination of health disparities and the attainment of health 
equity in our nation. The data to be collected will be used to inform 
the various stakeholders involved in implementation of the NPA and the 
National Stakeholder Strategy about progress, results, lessons learned, 
and necessary mid-course adjustments. The evaluation team will 
facilitate meetings to reflect and discuss the findings with OMH's 
leadership, staff, and the implementation and communications teams that 
support the NPA. The meetings will focus on the lessons learned and 
their implications on strategy improvement and implementation.
    Information from the evaluation will also be shared with Congress 
through its inclusion in OMH's biennial report to Congress.

Likely Respondents

    [cir] Representatives from federal agencies that participate on the 
Federal Interagency Health Equity Team (FIHET)
    [cir] Directors, coordinators, and officials from State Offices of 
Minority Health and State Departments of Health
    [cir] Representatives from key NPA partner organizations
    [cir] Chairs and members of Regional Health Equity Councils (RHECs)
    Burden Statement: Burden in this context means the time expended by 
persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide the 
information requested. This includes the time needed to review 
instructions, to develop, acquire, install and utilize technology and 
systems for the purpose of collecting, validating and verifying 
information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and 
providing information, to train personnel and to be able to respond to 
a collection of information, to search data sources, to complete and 
review the collection of information, and to transmit or otherwise 
disclose the information. The total annual burden hours estimated for 
this ICR are summarized in the table below.

                                    Total Estimated Annualized Burden--Hours
                                                     Number of       Number of      Burden per     Total Burden
                    Form Name                       Respondents    Responses per   Response (in        Hours
                                                                    Respondent        hours)
FIHET member survey.............................              48               1           31.20           24.96
FIHET member interviews.........................              16               1           70.20           18.72

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RHEC member survey..............................             350               1           40.20          234.50
RHEC co-chair interviews........................              20               1           85.20           28.40
RHEC subcommittee chair group interviews........              50               1           90.00           75.00
Survey of key NPA partner organizations.........              15               1           26.40            6.60
Survey of State Office of Minority Health Office             110               1           28.80           52.80
 directors or coordinators and State Department
 of Health officials............................
    Total.......................................             609              --              --          440.98

Darius Taylor,
Deputy Information Collection Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-31196 Filed 12-27-12; 8:45 am]