Two new reports from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the National Healthcare Disparities Report  and the companion National Healthcare Quality Report, show that during 2002 – 2008, health disparities stayed the same or worsened. The reports provide data on about 250 health care measures.

Among the report findings: the percentage of current adult smokers who were advised to quit smoking showed no change. Earlier this year, ACU launched TobaccoFree with the goal of decreasing tobacco use among low income and minority populations. TobaccoFree is an online resource for clinicians that provides information on how to offer tobacco cessation counseling and services in their practices.