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    Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry and Preferred Language Project

    What is R/E/A/L?

    R/E/A/L is an acronym for Race, Ethnicity, Ancestry and Language. At PAMF we have been collecting this information since 2008 in a granular format similar to the US Census. By collecting this demographic information, we are better equipped to conduct research on health disparities at the local, state, and national level.

    Why is it important to collect this information?

    The collection of R/E/A/L data helps us identify our diverse patient populations and provide resources to help our patients make the best healthcare decisions. Together PAMF and PAMFRI are working on projects that will inform and shape how to best address the needs of our diverse growing populations.

    What does it mean nationally?

    Federally there are many efforts being implemented to help reduce health disparities. PAMF has joined the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities.

    The Affordable Care Act also emphasizes the collection of R/E/A/L demographics. Recently, more attention has been placed on its importance; especially on ensuring that the information being collected is quality data, and that it is collected in a specific and uniform manner.

    What does PAMF do with this information?

    PAMF began an Organizational Cultural Competence Committee that uses the R/E/A/L information to set priorities for its programs. The goal of the Organizational Cultural Competence Committee is to provide the highest level of patient centered care for our growing diverse patient population by enhancing the organization’s capacity to provide a culturally competent work and care environment to improve the patient experience and improve clinical quality.

    Some of our past work with R/E/A/L:

    Accuracy of Data Entry of Patient Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry and Preferred Spoken Language in an Ambulatory Care Setting. Azar KM, Moreno MR, Wong EC, Shin JJ, Soto C, Palaniappan LP. Health Serv Res. Aug 24 2011.

    Collecting patient race/ethnicity and primary language data in ambulatory care settings: a case study in methodology. Palaniappan LP, Wong EC, Shin JJ, Moreno MR, Otero-Sabogal R. Health Serv Res. 2009; 44 (5 Pt 1): 1750-61

    For more information or to find out more about this project, please contact: Edith Gamboa at (650) 330-9604 or at gamboae@pamfri.org.