Hospitals often collect various pieces of demographic data in a non-systematic way and for non-equity purposes. Examples of such cases include clinicians who may ask about religion for chaplain or food preferences, or social workers who ask about income to assess patient assistance needs.
Rather than starting from the drawing board, Steering Committees can reach out to those who already collect some of this data to get information on what works and what does not. What advice can data collectors provide? What are best practices and lessons learned within your hospital? Those consulted can also be invited to join the Steering Committee to share their insights on successful practices.