SEXUAL ORIENTATION & GENDER IDENTITY EDUCATION
WE ASK BECAUSE WE CARE
In compliance with State of New Jersey requirements regarding data collection, St. Joseph’s Health has added questions about sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) in our patient-check-in process. Asking these questions allows us to provide everyone we serve with the culturally responsive, patient-centered services they need. As part of the patient intake we will verify these questions each time you register, just like when we verify your other demographic information. Should patients feel uncomfortable disclosing this information, they may choose the option “choose not to disclose.”
WHY ASK ABOUT SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY (SOGI)
Research shows that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other sexual or gender minority (LGBTQ+) people have unique health needs. They also experience significant health disparities and barriers to accessing health care services. Capturing SOGI information helps us to deliver appropriate health services to our LGBTQ+ patient population. At St. Joseph’s Health we want to learn as much as we can about all of our patients so that we can provide you the best possible care.
HEALTH EQUITY DATA COLLECTION
The State of New Jersey has a guiding principle that all community members will have Fair and Just opportunities regardless of:
The goal is to improve health outcomes for all New Jersey residents. No patient will be discriminated against; all our welcome. St. Joseph’s Health Registration team, as well as other staff members, will ask about race, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation and gender identity. Asking these questions is consistent with our non-discrimination policies and federal, state, and local laws prohibiting discrimination.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I have to answer these questions?
No, it is your right to answer only what information regarding your race, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation and gender identity that you are comfortable sharing. This information will be kept confidential along with the rest of your medical information.
- What if I give the wrong answer?
There is no wrong answer. You are the only person who can correctly identify your race, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Who can I speak to with any additional questions?
Please feel free to speak to your registration representative with any question.