We Ask Because We Care

As a patient, you will be asked questions about yourself during your visit. You will be asked about your race, ethnic background, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, and preferred language. This information helps us provide better care for our patients by allowing us to understand your needs and provide you with the best care.

We care about making sure everyone we see gets high quality care and we want to improve health care for everyone we serve. This information also helps us identify and address health care disparities that exist in our community; and allows us to treat each patient with respect, use your chosen name and pronouns correctly, and provide care with dignity.

Your answers are kept private and are protected by law. What you share is always up to you! We ask because we care, you decide what to share.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are you asking me these questions?

We are asking you questions about your race, ethnicity, preferred language, sexual orientation, and gender identity to provide the best care we can. We ask because we care about you as an individual. Everyone is unique, and everyone deserves the best health outcomes.

Who are you asking these questions?

We are asking all our patients to share this information.

How does this information help my provider help patients?

Learning about our patients helps us to meet your needs in a kind and respectful way. This information also helps us better support you as a person.

How will this information be used?

Your provider will use this data to better understand your health needs and give you the best care. The data will also be used to find and address health disparities. When we look at reports about health disparities, your name and other identifying information will never be attached to the report.

What are health disparities?

The unequal differences in health status or outcomes across different groups of people. Some groups of people are at a higher risk of getting sick and having worse outcomes when they do get sick. The data you provide us helps us stop health disparities.

What If I don't want to share this information?

You can always choose not to answer these questions. On the form you are given there is a "Prefer not to answer" choice, you can check that option if you do not want to share this information. If you change your mind later, we can add this information another time, or you can update your patient portal at any time.

What if I only want to answer some of the questions?

You only have to answer the questions that you want to.

Who will see this information?

Your information is private and protected, so there are a small number of people who see this information. The person who puts the data into the computer, the person who takes you to the room, and your health care provider. No matter who sees your answers, your information is confidential and protected by law.

We welcome and invite questions, concerns or ideas

We welcome your ideas on how to best co-develop our future steps to achieve an equitable and inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and circumstances.

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