The information on the UDS Data Report Form is important in many ways. It allows you to be knowledgeable in the number of Ag workers in your service area, the actual number of Ag workers your sites see, and allows you to know how many potential patients are not being served. By looking at this information, you can learn if your health centers are meeting the needs of your community, know if there are any changes that are occurring that you might be able to address. You can see the increase or decrease in numbers of this vulnerable population and be able to make changes if needed. Reviewing this information allows us to help you through recommendations, training, and technical support.
A health center can then brainstorm ways to reach the patients that are not being served. Many times, the patients are coming in to the health centers; however they are not being identified properly. This is where Patient Registration and Identification comes in and why it is so important. If the number of Ag worker patients being served don't match the number of patients that should be served for that area, there is a chance that future health center funding can be affected.
Knowledge is power, knowing where your numbers are allows you to see if you're on target to reach your goal or if you should try a different approach. Keeping an eye on these numbers, helps us to be intentional in making adjustments before having a problem on our hands.
UDS Data Reports are due twice a year:
- First six months (January - June) will be due July 15th.
- Second six months (July - December) will be due January 15th.
UDS Data Report Form deconstructed:
Download a blank UDS Data Report Form here.
Visit the www.HRSA.gov site here
If you need additional help filling out your UDS Data Reporting Form, email us and we'll get back to you promptly.