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We are not “Other”! Let’s change how multiracial people are represented on national surveys.

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For those that are multiracial answering a questionnaire that requires you to choose only one of the categories offered regarding race or ethnicity can be frustrating and degrading. More times than not you are forced to choose the “Other” or "Unknown" box. It doesn’t have to be that way. These surveys are meant to better understand the make-up of our population. Why not provide more clarity. Through clarity the U.S. Government can provide better services and results.

The U.S. Government consists of hundreds of large agencies possessing thousands of forms and surveys. The long-term goal is to change all forms and surveys pertaining to race and ethnicity used by all agencies; however, we need to start somewhere. A good place to start is the Affordable Care Act (ACA) also known as "Obama Care" and questions surrounding race.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes several provisions aimed at eliminating health disparities in America. Section 4302 of the ACA focuses on the standardization, collection, analysis, and reporting of health disparities data. It requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish data collection standards for race, ethnicity, sex, primary language, and disability status. The law requires that, once established, these data collection standards be used, to the extent practicable, in all national population health surveys.

For all HHS national population health surveys regarding race we are proposing to change the words “Other” and/or "Unknown" to “Multiracial”. If the “Multiracial” box is checked the survey respondent can select more than one race category offered.

Although President Obama is multiracial, "Obama Care" requires multiracial people to select only one race or "Unknown".  It is time President Obama and the U.S. government officially recognize the U.S. is truly a melting pot and provide more accurate options to reflect who we really are. Please sign our petition so we can make this important change sooner than later.

Thanks for your support!


Sylvia Mathews Burwell

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services

Hubert H. Humphrey Building

200 Independence Ave SW

Washington, DC. 20201

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