Race, Ethnicity, Language, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Hackensack Meridian Health asks all patients about race, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation and gender identity. These questions are asked by registration and other staff members. You can also share this information with us using MyChart.
At Hackensack Meridian Health, we believe that learning more about our patients will help us provide the highest quality care. Asking these questions is consistent with the hospital’s non-discrimination policies and federal, state, and local laws prohibiting discrimination and promotes our commitment to providing the highest quality care to all.
If you have questions, please speak with your care team or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Race, Ethnicity and Language (REaL) – Frequently Asked Questions
- Organizations that are culturally competent collect relevant data and use available population-level data to help determine the needs of the surrounding community and to develop initiatives that address the health concerns of consumers.
- Opportunities for patient self-identification promote inclusion and support the training of staff to collect sexual orientation and gender identity data.
- The influence of demographic factors on health care and heightened awareness of health disparities can inform further research and interventions to improve outcomes for these vulnerable populations.
R = Race
E = Ethnicity (a= and)
L = Language (REaL)
S = Sexual
O = Orientation
G = Gender
I = Identity (SOGI)
Diversity matters in health care and an organization’s deep understanding of the needs of vulnerable populations is at the center of real change in patient outcomes and well being programs. Be it sex, gender, age, or ethnicity these factors present an opportunity for us to individualize our plans of care and create initiatives that promote health and wellness within whole populations of patients.
Understanding and managing this data is an important step to more patient centered personalized medicine within our network. We should all seriously consider this diversity when reporting and analyzing our own data including studies, registries and trials. This data may greatly affect the results and eventually provide guideline recommendations for health promoting patient interventions.
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) – Frequently Asked Questions
- Heterosexual (straight) describes women who are emotionally and sexually attracted to men, and men who are emotionally and sexually attracted to women.
- Gay describes a person who is emotionally and sexually attracted to people of their own gender. It is a term most commonly used when talking about men.
- Lesbian describes a woman who is emotionally and sexually attracted to other women.
- Bisexual describes a person who is emotionally and sexually attracted to people of their own gender and people of other genders.
- Transgender people have a gender identity that is not the same as their sex assigned at birth.
- Transgender man (FTM) describes someone assigned female at birth who has a male gender identity.
- Transgender woman (MTF) describes someone assigned male at birth who has a female gender identity.
- Genderqueer describes someone who has a gender identity that is neither male nor female, or is a combination of male