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Health Disparities Calculator (HD*Calc) available

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Need to evaluate and monitor health disparities (HD) data?  Check out the Health Disparities Calculator (HD*Calc).  HD*Calc is statistical software that supports the use of a range of health disparities measures, allowing researchers to select and apply different measures to data.cropped-cropped-toolkit-24157707-copy.jpg

HD*Calc was originally developed to evaluate health disparities related to cancer; however, it may be used with any dataset.  Consequently, HD*Calc may be used in any research discipline. Cross-sectional and trend data categorized by disparity groups (e.g., area-socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, geographic areas) may be imported into HD*Calc to generate four absolute and seven relative summary measures of disparity. In addition to summary measures, HD*Calc provides pair wise comparisons that allow the user to explore underlying trends in the data.  Results are displayed as tables and charts and may be exported for use in other applications.  Read more details about the Absolute and Relative Disparity Measures in HD*Calc.

Download HD*Calc Version 1.2.4 here

Before downloading HD*Calc version 1.2.4, you must read and sign their Terms of Use Agreement and complete a registration form. After completing the form you will receive an e-mail with a link to the software download. The download link may be used once and then it will expire. If your link has expired, there is an option to request a new one.

Installation Help

Some users receive a Windows warning that they do not have authorization to run the installation program. If that happens, save the installation file to your computer. Right-click the file and select “Run as administrator”to begin the installation process.

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Author Suggested Citation
Health Disparities Calculator, Version 1.2.4 – October 29, 2013; Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, Surveillance Research Program and Applied Research Program, National Cancer Institute.



Author: Jeanine Jesberg

Jeanine Jesberg is a grants consultant, Certified Research Administrator (CRA), and licensed clinical speech-language pathologist (CCC-SLP) specializing in work with academic institutions and non-profit organizations. Her multi-faceted career includes several positions, including Program Director, Director of Research Operations, and Executive Director, at the University of Chicago as well as Manager of Research Administration at Northwestern University with knowledge that spans strategic planning, conference planning, program management, budget development, research operations, and research administration. She also has over 15 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist in the roles of clinician, Clinical Instructor, Lecturer, private practice Founder/CEO, and speaker. Jeanine currently lives and works in Chicago, IL.

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