Pew Urges Federal Government to Improve Data Collection on Social Risk Factors

Improve Data Collection on Social Risk Factors

Editor’s note: This text was updated on March 21, 2023, to clarify that the comments discussed social risk factors, not social determinants of health.

The Pew Charitable Trusts sent comments on March 10 to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) urging the agency to take steps to improve the collection of data related to social risk factors.­ ­

Specifically, Pew called on CMS to include public health agencies at all levels—including state, local, and Tribal—in discussions about how and when to collect data on inequities that could affect health outcomes, such as food insecurity or lack of access to services.

Spotlight on Mental Health

Composite image of modern city network communication concept

Learn the Basics of Broadband from Our Limited Series

Sign up for our four-week email course on Broadband Basics

Quick View

How does broadband internet reach our homes, phones, and tablets? What kind of infrastructure connects us all together? What are the major barriers to broadband access for American communities?

Pills illustration
Pills illustration

What Is Antibiotic Resistance—and How Can We Fight It?

Sign up for our four-week email series The Race Against Resistance.

Quick View

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as “superbugs,” are a major threat to modern medicine. But how does resistance work, and what can we do to slow the spread? Read personal stories, expert accounts, and more for the answers to those questions in our four-week email series: Slowing Superbugs.

Explore Pew’s new and improved
Fiscal 50 interactive

Your state's stats are more accessible than ever with our new and improved Fiscal 50 interactive:

  • Maps, trends, and customizable charts
  • 50-state rankings
  • Analysis of what it all means
  • Shareable graphics and downloadable data
  • Proven fiscal policy strategies


Welcome to the new Fiscal 50

Key changes include:

  • State pages that help you keep track of trends in your home state and provide national and regional context.
  • Interactive indicator pages with highly customizable and shareable data visualizations.
  • A Budget Threads feature that offers Pew’s read on the latest state fiscal news.

Learn more about the new and improved Fiscal 50.