Data Collection on Race, Ethnicity and Language

Strong evidence suggests that race, ethnicity, language and socio-cultural factors impact how health care is accessed and delivered. Collection of these data are vital for identifying variations in the quality of care experience among different groups; developing and implementing effective prevention and treatment strategies; and facilitating the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate health care.

From 2003-2011, the AHIP Foundation collaborated with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to assess the extent to which health plans collect and use data on their members’ race, ethnicity, and language to improve quality and health care equity. Four representative surveys of the industry (2003, 2006, 2008, and 2010) highlight the experience of commercial, Medicare Advantage, and Medicaid plans.