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Posted: Thursday, December 19th, 2013 12:48 PM HST

CDC to collect health data for Native Hawaiians

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) Federal officials are starting a new effort to try to get better health data from Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations.

The Centers for Disease Control said Wednesday it's launching a new project with the U.S. department of Health and Human Services to increase the number of households from the groups in a national health interview survey.

The survey will start collecting data in February and include 4,000 households of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. The findings will be available in 2015.

The in-person survey asks respondents about health status, access to health care services, insurance and other factors.

CDC officials say it's difficult to include significant numbers of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in health surveys because they make up less than 1 percent of the total U.S. population.

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