Maximizing Representation of Racial and Ethnic Subpopulations in Data

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) affirms the importance of collecting accurate information on race and ethnicity in health and demographic surveys, such as those conducted by the United States Census. Comprehensive indicators of race and ethnicity, beyond five broad racial groups and two ethnicities (Hispanic/Not Hispanic), are essential to capture information on groups which may be disproportionately affected by socioeconomic, health, and other disparities. Without specific indicators, these populations may not receive adequate consideration in budgeting processes and resource allocations, resulting in further disadvantage. The AAFP supports collecting data on race and ethnicity that includes specific ethnic groups within each race based upon broader similarities such as country/continent of origin, language, and religious background. (2018 July 2018)