CR: 4 Collection of Racial/Ethnic Data (New)

Effective Date: 04/04 Downloads: PDF Version    Revised Date: 10/16
   

Policy

The local agency staff will, at the time of certification, collect participation data by racial/ethnic category for each participant on the program. This information will be utilized by Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) to determine how effectively the program is reaching minority groups and to identify areas where additional outreach is needed. The State agency will utilize this data for internal civil rights monitoring.

Procedure

  • Clinic staff will ensure that actual participation data by category of women, infants and children and by racial/ethnic category is collected and entered into the Nevada WIC computer system for all participants. Refer to the “WIC Clinic Computer Application Procedure Manual” for details.

 

  • Participants will be reported in one of the following categories for ethnicity: Hispanic or Latino or Not Hispanic or Latino and one or more of the following categories for race: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, White. Refer to “Categories” for definitions of each.

 

  • Participants must be asked to self-identify their racial/ethnic group verbally or in writing only after it has been explained, and they understand, that the collection of this information is strictly for statistical reporting requirements and has no effect on the determination of their eligibility to participate in the program. If a participant does not provide self-identified racial and ethnic information to staff, then staff will observe participant’s race/ethnicity, and will record participant’s observed race/ethnicity in the Nevada WIC computer system.

 

  • Analysis of this data will be used by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the State agency to determine how effectively the program is reaching minority groups and identifies areas where additional outreach is needed.

 

Categories

Ethnicity (choose one)

Hispanic or Latino:  A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central America, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. The term,” Spanish origin” can be used in addition to “Hispanic or Latino.

Not Hispanic or Latino

 

Race (chose one or more)

American Indian or Alaskan Native: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America) and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment

Asian: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand and Vietnam.

Black or African American:  A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.  Terms such as “Haitian” or “Negro” can be used in addition to “Black or African American”.

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: A person having origins in any of the Original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.

White: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, Middle East, or North Africa.