Patient Demographic Data

Patient Demographic Data: Collecting and using race, ethnicity, and language data to plan, improve, and evaluate health services and to reduce health disparities.

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U.S. Census Bureau American Fact Finder

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The U.S. Census Bureau Fact Finder website allows users to find population, housing, economic, and geographic data. Users can download fact sheets for their communities that include race and language data. Additionally the website offers maps that provide race, ethnicity and language data by state, county, congressional district and municipality.

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Statehealthfacts.org

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This website provides state-by-state health data for all 50 states. The website includes population and demographic data that is useful for any organization gathering race and ethnicity data. Health information by race and ethnicity such as the infant death rate and cancer incidence are also available for each state.

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Racial, Ethnic and Primary Language Data Collection: An Assessment of Federal Policies, Practices and Perceptions

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Pursuant to a grant from the Commonwealth Fund, through a subcontract from the Summit Health Institute for Research and Education (SHIRE), the National Health Law Program conducted this survey of the statutes, regulations, policies and procedures of federal agencies to identify when they call for the collection and reporting of data on race, ethnicity and primary language.

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Modern Language Association Language Map: A Map of Languages in the United States

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The MLA Language Map is intended for use by students, teachers, and anyone interested in learning about the linguistic and cultural composition of the United States. The MLA Language Map uses data from the 2000 United States Census to display the locations and numbers of speakers of thirty languages and three groups of less commonly spoken languages in the United States.

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Language Use in the United States: 2007

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This report from the U.S. Census Bureau provides information on the number and characteristics of people in the United States in 2007 who spoke a language other than English at home.

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HRET Disparities Toolkit: A Toolkit for Collecting Race, Ethnicity, and Primary Language Information from Patients

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The Health Research and Educational Trust Disparities (HRET) Toolkit is a web-based tool that provides hospitals, health systems, clinics, and health plans information and resources for collecting race, ethnicity, and primary language data from patients.

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Eliminating Health Disparities: Strengthening Data on Race, Ethnicity, and Primary Language in the United States

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This report provides recommendations to address the four major components of the collection of race, ethnicity, and primary language data, outlining how to obtain, collect, and store health data in ways that are usable, properly interpreted, and adequately protected. Though written for the U.S.

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Creating Equity Reports: A Guide for Hospitals

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This publication is desgined as a guide for hospitals planning to prepare equity reports. Equity reports identify ethnic and racial disparities in organizations and suggest ways to reduce them. The guide includes information on how to collect patient data and train staff, what quality measures should be included, and how to develop strategies based on findings.

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American Community Survey and Census Data on the Foreign Born by State

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This interactive map provides national and state-by-state data on immigrant populations from the national Census, the American Community Surveys (ACS), and the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL). After choosing a state and selecting "Language and Education," users can find literacy statistics about immigrant and native-born populations.

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Adult Literacy Estimates

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This web-based tool helps users determine adult literacy levels by state, county, county subdivision, congressional district and city or town. Additional information includes education level, English proficiency, occupation, race/ethnicity, and number of immigrants by percentage.

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