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The Dalio Center for Health Justice aims to understand and address the root causes of health inequities with the goal of setting a new standard of health justice for the communities we serve.

We Ask Because We Care



NewYork-Presbyterian, Columbia, and Weill Cornell Medicine celebrate the diverse people and communities we serve. We pledge to give every patient the best care possible regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, cultural background, or language.

We will strive to make sure all patients have equal access to the highest quality of care. To support this mission, we will ask you questions about your background and preferred language. You can update your information today at www.myconnectnyc.org.

Your information is confidential. Sharing it is your choice. But we ask because we care about you and the health and wellbeing of all our patients.

At NewYork-Presbyterian, Columbia, and Weill Cornell Medicine, we put patients first.

Responses to Frequently Asked Questions

We want to make sure that all of our patients get the best care possible. We use this information:

  • To better understand our community
  • To understand need for interpreter services
  • To help appropriately target quality initiatives
  • To fulfill our compliance obligations

This information is confidential. We limit access to patient information, including race and ethnicity. We only use the information if it is necessary for providing care, hospital operations, and billing.  We have dedicated teams to help protect your information.

We are asking all our patients for this information.

No. Answering these questions is voluntary. Providing this will help us better serve each individual patient.

Resources for other Health Systems

To support other health systems and health care providers seeking to improve race, ethnicity, language, and other demographic data collection, we published a summary of our process and lessons learned in a NEJM Catalyst Commentary. For more information about the program – or for copies of training and education materials – please email the Dalio Center ([email protected])