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SEMINAR—Improving the Reporting of Race, Ethnicity, and Primary Language in California

WHAT: UCLA School of Medicine and Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) invite you to attend an interactive seminar for hospitals to improve the collection and reporting of patient self-reported race, ethnicity, and primary language.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Hospital Admissions/Registration and Quality/Performance Improvement personnel; Hospital staff and supervisors responsible for collecting patient demographic information.

WHY: California is home to over 37 million people, including the largest Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander, and Asian populations nationally. Disparities in care are well documented to be significantly higher among racial/ethnic minorities and among those with language barriers. There are local and national efforts to standardize and integrate the collection of race, ethnicity, and language data into models of patient-centered care.

The Affordable Care Act mandates that all federally-funded health programs and surveys collect data on race, ethnicity, and language in a uniform manner and offers financial incentives to health providers who use health technology and data in meaningful ways—i.e. improving clinical processes and outcomes.

Hospitals play a critical role in collecting, documenting, and reporting information on their patients’ race, ethnicity, and language, which is vital in uncovering health needs and disparities. By collecting high quality patient data, hospitals can use these data to identify where disparities lie and implement interventions that can most benefit their patients. Our aim is to improve the reporting of race, ethnicity, and language to statewide databases by hospitals.

WEBINAR DETAILS: Participants will learn about:

  • Effective strategies to elicit race, ethnicity, and language abilities and preferences from patients
  • Standardized categories for race and ethnicity
  • How to accurately report patient information to OSHPD
  • New initiatives and policies that affect collection on patient information
  • Tools and forms to improve collecting patient demographic

Speakers include: Romana Hasnain-Wynia, PhD (Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine), Ninez Ponce, PhD (UCLA School of Public Health), and David Zingmond, MD, PhD (UCLA School of Medicine).

WHEN: Seminars will take place in Northern and Southern California.

  • SACRAMENTO, CA—November 14, 2011
    9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
    OSHPD, Sacramento River Rm (1st Floor)
    400 R Street Sacramento, CA 95811
  • LOS ANGELES, CA—November 16, 2011
    9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
    NPI Auditorium, UCLA Campus
    720 Westwood Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90024

HOW: It is FREE to attend this seminar, and you can participate in-person or via the web. Just follow the instructions below for web access. Participants attending in person will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win gift cards. (Unfortunately, we cannot validate parking.)

Webinar Link: For audio, call 1-888-921-8686; dial the participant code when prompted: 1031202466