Race, ethnicity, preferred language (REaL): Why health care providers should ask patients
GDAHC's "Get REaL" Campaign highlights the importance of these questions
You just arrived at your doctor's office. While they discuss your medical concerns, they ask for your race, ethnicity and preferred language. There is tremendous value to these questions. However, there are misconceptions. Many believe the information is gathered just to fulfill heath care law requirements. Others feel the information may be used against them when determining options for care. There is a REaL benefit to your health care and that of our communities by asking for race, ethnicity and preferred language.

GDAHC's "Get REaL" Campaign

When a health care provider knows your race and ethnicity, they can better treat you and look for conditions that are more likely to occur in certain communities, such as high blood pressure among African Americans.


When a health care provider knows your preferred language, they can have someone speak with you in the language you are most comfortable with so that you fully understand your care recommendations.


The "Get REaL" Campaign developed by the Greater Detroit Area Health Council (GDAHC) informs both consumers and health care providers of the importance that collecting this information has on your care and that of our communities.


Watch the video to learn more.


We encourage you to forward this message to share this video with colleagues, family and friends. Also, contact GDAHC at 313-963-4990 or email us for helpful materials.
March 2, 2015
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago - Detroit Branch
1600 E. Warren Ave
Detroit, MI 48207
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