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Insurance and Socioeconomic Status Do Not Explain Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Care External Web Site Policy

Freedman, R. A., Virgo, K. S., He, Y., Pavluck, A. L., Winer, E. P., Ward, E. M., & Keating, N. L. (2010). The association of race/ethnicity, insurance status, and socioeconomic status with breast cancer care. CANCER, 117(1), 180-189. doi: 10.1002/cncr.25542

This study discusses the prevalence of inequities in breast cancer care even when insurance status and socioeconomic status are controlled for. The findings suggest that greater efforts are needed to understand disparities in breast cancer care and to ensure that all receive equal and effective treatments.

Keywords:    Research | Clinical & Mental Health | Population-Based | Disease-Based | Disparities |

Healthcare 411 External Web Site Policy

U.S. Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Producer), & Clancy, C. (Director) (2011). Healthcare 411 [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from http://www.ahrq.gov/

Healthcare 411 is an audio podcast series produced by the HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) as part of its effort to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of healthcare for all Americans. AHRQ launched Healthcare 411 in Spanish to offer news and information on current research and on important healthcare topics to a growing population in our country.

Keywords:    Tools | Clinical & Mental Health | Patients & Consumers | Population-Based | Communication and Language Assistance |

Toothache in US Children External Web Site Policy

Lewis, C., & Stout, J. (2010). Toothache in US children. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 164, 1056-1063. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.206

Data from the National Survey of Children's Health offers evidence of racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in pediatric oral health. Even when socioeconomic status was controlled for, there were inequities by race.

Keywords:    Research | Clinical & Mental Health | Population-Based | Profession-Based | Disease-Based | Disparities |

Muslim patients and cross-gender interactions in medicine: an Islamic bioethical perspective External Web Site Policy

Padela, A. I., & Rodriguez del Pozo, P. (2010). Muslim patients and cross-gender interactions in medicine: an Islamic bioethical perspective. Journal of Medical Ethics, 37(1), 40-44. doi:10.1136/jme.2010.037614

In this article, an emergency room physician provides recommendations for accommodating Muslim sensitivities within the healthcare system. The physician identifies cultural competence as a critical way to reduce healthcare disparities arising from value and cultural differences between patients and providers, noting that adapting one's practice style to meet patient needs and values is an important way to improve quality of care.

Keywords:    Research | Education & Training | Clinical & Mental Health | Population-Based | Profession-Based | Communication | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce |

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Healthcare in California External Web Site Policy

California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. (2010). Racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare in California: California fact book. Retrieved from http://www.oshpd.ca.gov/HID/Products/PatDischargeData/ResearchReports/EthnicRacialDisp/RacialEthnic
FactBook_2010.pdf

The State of California conducted a study on racial and ethnic health disparities in 2010. Although the study found improvement in many areas, it also found that significant inequities persist. The authors note that the report provides strong evidence for policymakers, healthcare providers, public health professionals, researchers, and other interested stakeholders to focus efforts on addressing access to and quality of care.

Keywords:    Research | Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health | Patients & Consumers | Governance & Leadership | Government | Population-Based | Quality Improvement | Disparities |

Examining Effectiveness of Medical Interpreters in Emergency Departments for Spanish-Speaking Patients With Limited English Proficiency External Web Site Policy

Bagchi, A. D., Dale, S., Verbitsky-Savitz, N., Andrecheck, S., Zavotsky, K., & Eisenstein, R. (2010). Examining effectiveness of medical interpreters in emergency departments for Spanish-speaking patients with limited English proficiency: results of a randomized controlled trial. Annals of Emergency Medicine, 57(3), 248-256.e4. doi:10.1016/j.annemergmed.2010.05.032

This study, published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, examines the impact on patient and provider satisfaction of emergency department use of medical interpreters for limited-English-proficient Spanish speakers. The researchers conclude that the use of in-person, professionally trained medical interpreters significantly increases satisfaction with communication during emergency department visits for both Spanish-speaking, limited-English-proficient patients and their health providers.

Keywords:    Research | Clinical & Mental Health | Patients & Consumers | Population-Based | Profession-Based | Communication | Communication and Language Assistance |

Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act Of 2010: Advancing Health Equity for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Populations External Web Site Policy

Andrulis, D. P., Siddiqui, N. J., Purtle, J. P., & Duchon, L. (2010). Patient protection and affordable care act of 2010: advancing health equity for racially and ethnically diverse populations. Retrieved from Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies website: http://www.jointcenter.org/sites/default/files/upload/research/files/Patient%20Protection%20and%20Affordable%20Care%20Act.pdf

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies has published a report detailing the implications of 2010's healthcare reform on health equity. It states that recent healthcare reform legislation offers an unprecedented opportunity to improve health equity in the United States.

Keywords:    Tools | Policy | Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health | Patients & Consumers | Governance & Leadership | Government | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Race, culture may play role in Alzheimer's disease External Web Site Policy

Brophy Marcus, M. (2010, July 14). Race, culture may play role in Alzheimer's disease. USA Today. Retrieved from http://www.usatoday.com/

This article discusses research presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference. It examines the effect of racial and cultural differences on Alzheimer's patients' outcomes and the attitudes of their family members. The study finds that more culturally tailored resources could benefit African Americans, Latinos, and other minority groups.

Keywords:    Research | Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health | Patients & Consumers | Governance & Leadership | Government | Disease-Based | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care External Web Site Policy

American College of Physicians. (2010).Racial and ethnic disparities in health care, updated 2010. Retrieved from http://www.acponline.org/advocacy/where_we_stand/access/racial_disparities.pdf

The American College of Physicians released a 2010 update to its policy paper, "Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care." It calls for the healthcare system to adapt to meet the needs of an increasingly multicultural patient base. Recommendations include that healthcare professionals need to acknowledge the cultural, informational, and linguistic needs of their patients as our society increasingly becomes more racially and ethnically diverse.

Keywords:    Research | Education & Training | Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health | Patients & Consumers | Governance & Leadership | Government | Population-Based | Health Literacy | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance |

Irvine's Hoag Hospital works to bridge cultural barriers External Web Site Policy

Reicher, M. (2010, September 8). Irvine's Hoag Hospital works to bridge cultural barriers. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved from http://articles.latimes.com/2010/sep/08/local/la-me-hoag-hospital-20100908

This article details a California hospital's efforts to incorporate culturally competent practices into its services and system. Hoag Hospital in Irvine, CA, took many steps to adapt to its patients' cultural beliefs, traditions, and languages. These preparations include creating patient rooms arranged according to the principles of feng shui, serving steamed rice for breakfast, and using gestures such as presenting documents respectfully with two hands and speaking to patients with more formality.

Keywords:    Tools | Policy | Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health | Patients & Consumers | Governance & Leadership | Government | Population-Based | Communication | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

At Hospitals, New Methods With a Focus on Diversity External Web Site Policy

Santos, F. (2010, September 6) At hospitals, new methods with a focus on diversity. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/

This New York Times article discusses the ways that hospitals nationwide are adopting practices intended to improve care for an increasingly diverse patient population beyond language access services. Making immigrant and minority individuals feel more at ease can translate into improved health outcomes according to health providers.

Keywords:    Tools | Policy | Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health | Patients & Consumers | Governance & Leadership | Government | Profession-Based | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

How Well Do Doctors Know their Patients? Factors Affecting Physician Understanding of Patients External Web Site Policy

Street, R. L., & Haidet, P. (2010). How well do doctors know their patients? Factors affecting physician understanding of patients' health beliefs. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 26(1), 21-27. doi: 10.1007/s11606-010-1453-3

This study examines the features of patient-centered care; specifically, a physician's understanding of his or her patients' health beliefs and values. The results indicate that physicians' perceptions of their patients' health beliefs differ significantly from patients' actual beliefs. This study indicates that strategies for increasing physicians' awareness of patients' health beliefs include implementing culturally appropriate patient activation programs.

Keywords:    Tools | Research | Clinical & Mental Health | Patients & Consumers | Communication | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Cancer study sees cultural factors in racial disparities External Web Site Policy

Avery, S. (2010, June 16). Cancer study sees cultural factors in racial disparities. The News & Observer. Retrieved from http://www.newsobserver.com/

The Journal of the American Medical Association has published a study from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill about the cultural factors present in the racial disparities of lung cancer. The scientists concluded that, despite a high likelihood of death, Black patients are much less inclined to have surgery for early stage lung cancer than White patients, often because of a communication gulf between them and their doctors.

Keywords:    Research | Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health | Population-Based | Profession-Based | Communication | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Ending health disparities takes interdisciplinary approach External Web Site Policy

Lewis, C., & Stout, J. (2010). Toothache in US children. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 164, 1056-1063. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.206

In this message from the American Medical Association (AMA) president to all physicians, Dr. Rohack notes that an interdisciplinary approach to patient-centered care may help reduce health disparities by addressing challenges in communication such as low health literacy and medication mismanagement. He commits to helping guide the changes needed to ensure culturally competent patient care. When patients do not understand their medical conditions or what to do to control them, unnecessary healthcare costs only will increase, a situation he notes the AMA is committed to avoiding.

Keywords:    Policy | Clinical & Mental Health | Patients & Consumers | Governance & Leadership | Government | Population-Based | Profession-Based | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Future Directions for the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports External Web Site Policy

Institute of Medicine. (2010). Future directions for the national healthcare quality and disparities reports. Retrieved from http://iom.edu/

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released in Spring 2010 a report that discusses future directions for the AHRQ National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) and National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR). The IOM concludes that the NHQR and NHDR can be improved in ways that would make them more influential in promoting change in the healthcare system.

Keywords:    Tools | Policy | Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health | Government | Population-Based | Profession-Based | Disease-Based | Quality Improvement | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Health Disparities Calculator External Web Site Policy

Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results, National Cancer Institute. (2010). Health Disparities Calculator (HD*Calc) [Computer software]. Retrieved from http://seer.cancer.gov/

Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results at the National Cancer Institute has developed a Health Disparities Calculator (HD*Calc), which is a statistical software designed to generate multiple summary measures to evaluate and monitor health disparities.

Keywords:    Tools | Research | Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health | Patients & Consumers | Governance & Leadership | Government | Population-Based | Disease-Based | Disparities | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Health Disparities Education External Web Site Policy

Lypson, M. L., Bussey-Jones, J., Glick, S., Brown, A. F., & Jacobs, E. A. (2010). Health disparities education. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 25(2), 79-81. doi: 10.1007/s11606-010-1312-2

The Journal of General Internal Medicine dedicated its May 2010 supplement to health disparities education. This supplement focuses on approaches to teaching health disparities and health disparities curriculums for students. It contains 27 articles, including "Medical Students' Perceptions of Their Teachers' and Their Own Cultural Competency: Implications for Education" and "Beyond Knowledge, Toward Linguistic Competency: An Experiential Curriculum."

Keywords:    Research | Education & Training | Clinical & Mental Health | Governance & Leadership | Profession-Based | Communication | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

National Healthcare Disparities Report

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. National Healthcare Disparities Report (AHRQ Publication No. 10-0004). Retrieved from http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/nhdr09/nhdr09.pdf

The AHRQ produced the 2009 NHDR. The NHDR tracks the healthcare system through quality measures and summarizes healthcare quality and access among various racial, ethnic, and income groups and other priority populations, such as children and older adults.

Keywords:    Research | Policy | Clinical & Mental Health | Government | Disease-Based | Quality Improvement | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Organ Transplant Program 'mistrust' studied External Web Site Policy

Conte, A. (2010, May 2). Organ transplant program 'mistrust' studied. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved from http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have shown that patients who think healthcare providers discriminate against them take more time to get approved for kidney transplant surgery. Blacks are four times more likely than Whites to have kidney failure, but they are less than half as likely to receive transplants from living donors. The lead researcher notes that doctors should identify patients who perceive discrimination in order to help them navigate the process.

Keywords:    Research | Clinical & Mental Health | Patients & Consumers | Population-Based | Disease-Based | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Commentary: Linking Cultural Competence Training to Improved Health Outcomes: Perspectives From the Field. External Web Site Policy

Betancourt, J. R., & Green, A. R. (2010). Commentary: linking cultural competence training to improved health outcomes: perspectives from the field. Academic Medicine, 85(4), 583-585. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3181d2b2f3

This article explores the impact cultural competency may have on health outcomes. Cultural competence training should be evaluated in a stepwise fashion by using the tools of health services research and the principles of quality improvement, and it should be held to the same standards as other educational interventions and activities.

Keywords:    Research | Education & Training | Clinical & Mental Health | Governance & Leadership | Quality Improvement | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient-and Family-Centered Care External Web Site Policy

The Joint Commission (2010). Topic Library Item: Advancing effective communication, cultural competence, and patient-and family-centered care. Retrieved from http://www.jointcommission.org/assets/1/6/ARoadmapforHospitalsfinalversion727.pdf

The Joint Commission proposes accreditation requirements for hospitals. These standards aim to improve communication, cultural competence, and patient-centered care. The standards will be published in the 2011 Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Hospitals (CAMH): The Official Handbook. Compliance with the patient-centered communication standards will be included in the accreditation decision no earlier than January 2012.

Keywords:    Policy | Clinical & Mental Health | Governance & Leadership | Government | Communication | Quality Improvement | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Cultural competence in oncology: Where do we stand? External Web Site Policy

Surbone, A. (2010). Cultural competence in oncology: where do we stand? Annals of Oncology, 21(1), 3-5. doi: 10.1093/annonc/mdp546

This article in Annals of Oncology discusses the importance and relevance of culturally competent services in oncology. The author emphasizes that cultural differences are a major determinant of unequal access to cancer care. She concludes that provider practice of cultural competence can improve the quality of care offered to all cancer patients and can also foster reciprocal understanding and tolerance in the patient-doctor-institution relationship.

Keywords:    Research | Clinical & Mental Health | Profession-Based | Disease-Based | Communication | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Racial/Ethnic Difference in Early-Life Risk Factors for Childhood Obesity External Web Site Policy

Taveras, E. M., Gillman, M. W., Kleinman, K., Rich-Edwards, J. W., & Rifas-Shiman, S. L. (2010). Racial/ethnic difference in early-life risk factors for childhood obesity. Pediatrics, 125(4), 686-695. doi: 10.1542/peds.2009-2100

A team of researchers in Boston set out to examine racial/ethnic differences in early-life risk factors for childhood obesity. The study finds that racial/ethnic differences in risk factors for obesity exist prenatally and in early childhood. Racial/ethnic disparities in childhood obesity may be determined by factors that operate at the earliest stages of life.

Keywords:    Research | Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health | Patients & Consumers | Government | Population-Based | Disease-Based | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data: Standardization for Health Care Quality Improvement External Web Site Policy

Institute of Medicine, Subcommittee on Standardized Collection of Race/Ethnicity Data for Healthcare Quality Improvement. (2009). Race, ethnicity, and language data: standardization for health care quality improvement. Retrieved from http://iom.edu/Reports/2009/RaceEthnicityData.aspx

In its 2009 report titled Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data: Standardization for Health Care Quality Improvement, the IOM recommends that healthcare providers collect and assess comprehensive patient data on their cultural and linguistic needs. Having more precise quality metrics can assist in eliminating disparities in health and healthcare.

Keywords:    Tools | Research | Policy | Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health | Governance & Leadership | Government | Population-Based | Quality Improvement | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Improving Patient-Provider Communication: Joint Commission Standards and Federal Laws External Web Site Policy

The Joint Commission (Producer). (2009). Improving Patient-Provider Communication: Joint Commission Standards and Federal Laws [Video]. Available from http://www.jointcommission.org/

"Improving Patient-Provider Communication" is a video created by the Joint Commission along with HHS and the Office for Civil Rights as part of their efforts to eliminate racial, ethnic, and language disparities in healthcare. The video educates healthcare providers in providing language access in healthcare organizations. Language access is critical in providing safe, quality patient care.

Keywords:    Tools | Research | Policy | Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health | Patients & Consumers | Governance & Leadership | Government | Population-Based | Communication | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Talking With Patients: How Hospitals Use Bilingual Clinicians and Staff to Care for Patients with Language Needs External Web Site Policy

Huang, J., Jones, R. C., & Regenstein, M. (2009). Talking with patients: how hospitals use bilingual clinicians and staff to care for patients with language needs. Abstract retrieved from The George Washington University website: http://www.gwumc.edu/sphhs/departments/healthpolicy/dhp_publications/?mdl=pubSearch&evt=view&PublicationID=2AD9B782-5056-9D20-3D85DD1E4BD4272B

This report from The George Washington University presents findings from a survey about bilingual clinicians who interact with limited-English-proficient patients. The survey reveals that many hospitals have bilingual clinicians but often do not adequately assess their language proficiency, meaning that the language access services provided are of unknown quality. The report concludes that proper assessment and use of bilingual staff will allow health systems to meet the needs of linguistically diverse communities.

Keywords:    Research | Clinical & Mental Health | Governance & Leadership | Profession-Based | Communication | Communication and Language Assistance |

Eliminating Health Disparities: What Works? External Web Site Policy

Anderson, J. (2009, April to present). Eliminating health disparities: what works? Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Retrieved from http://www.jaapa.com/

"Eliminating Health Disparities: What Works?" is a series of articles in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Each month, the journal examines a pertinent topic within the field of health disparities and discusses tools that can help healthcare providers assess and eliminate health disparities in their practice. The column tackles issues such as bias and the role of race in health.

Keywords:    Tools | Research | Policy | Clinical & Mental Health | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Protection of Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations During an Influenza Pandemic External Web Site Policy

Hutchins, S. S., Fiscella, K., Levine, R. S., Ompad, D. C., & McDonald, M. (2009). Protection of racial/ethnic minority populations during an influenza pandemic. American Journal of Public Health, 99(S2), S261-S270. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2009.161505

This study examines the disproportionate impact of an influenza pandemic on racial and ethnic minority populations. The research recommends that pandemic interventions implement culturally competent preparedness and response that address the specific needs of racial/ethnic minority populations as well as relevant, practical, and culturally and linguistically tailored communications.

Keywords:    Research | Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health | Governance & Leadership | Population-Based | Disease-Based | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Reducing Health Disparities Through a Culturally Centered Mentorship Program for Minority Faculty: The Southwest Addictions Research Group (SARG) Experience External Web Site Policy

Viets, V. L., Baca, C., Verney, S. P., Venner, K., Parker T., & Wallerstein, N. (2009). Reducing health disparities through a culturally centered mentorship program for minority faculty: the southwest addictions research group (SARG) experience. Academic Medicine, 84(8), 1118-1126. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3181ad1cb1

This study examines the prospect of reducing health disparities through recruitment of minority faculty using a formal mentorship program. A Culturally Centered Mentorship Model was created that emphasizes culture, community service, and community-based participatory research to support the recruitment and advancement of ethnic minority faculty members in academia.

Keywords:    Research | Clinical & Mental Health | Governance & Leadership | Profession-Based | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Informacion en espanol External Web Site Policy

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. (n.d.). Informacion en espanol. Retrieved from http://www.ahrq.gov/consumer/espanoix.htm

The AHRQ's website called Informacion en Espanol provides a variety of publications and other resources on healthcare issues, including audio and video, in Spanish. Informacion en Espanol includes a monthly online health advice column titled "Consejos de Salud Para Ti" ("Health Advice for You"), which provides evidence-based tips on preventive health, safe and appropriate use of medications, ways to get better healthcare, and more.

Keywords:    Tools | Policy | Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health | Governance & Leadership | Government | Communication | Communication and Language Assistance |

Study: Many Say Disparities Genetic External Web Site Policy

Study: many say disparities genetic. (2009, October 20). United Press International. Retrieved from http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2009/10/20/Study-Many-say-racial-disparities-genetic/UPI-80281256018232/

A study published in the Social Science Quarterly indicates that a majority of Americans support strategies to reduce healthcare disparities that are caused by social and economic status but believe that racial and ethnic health disparities are genetic. The authors note that the general public's belief that racial disparities have a genetic foundation is troubling because people will resist strategies aimed at eliminating health disparities.

Keywords:    Research | Policy | Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health | Patients & Consumers | Governance & Leadership | Government | Population-Based | Disease-Based | Communication | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Multicultural Health Care: A Quality Improvement Guide

National Committee for Quality Assurance, & Lilly USA, LLC. (2011). Multicultural health care: a quality improvement guide. Retrieved from http://www.clashealth.org/

The National Committee for Quality Assurance and Lilly USA, LLC, have developed Multicultural Health Care: A Quality Improvement Guide, a free, online resource for healthcare professionals. The website helps those seeking to undertake quality improvement initiatives to improve culturally and linguistically appropriate services and to reduce disparities in care.

Keywords:    Tools | Policy | Clinical & Mental Health | Profession-Based | Quality Improvement | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

CSMS issues results of health disparities survey External Web Site Policy

CSMS issues results of health disparities survey. (2009, October 28). Connecticut State Medical Society. Retrieved from http://www.csms.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2415&Itemid=222

This article discusses the results of a survey conducted by the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) about physicians' views on ways to reduce disparities in healthcare, including cultural competency training. The results indicate that Connecticut physicians believe they could provide better care to patients of minority communities if they had better access to training. As a result of these findings, CSMS has committed to providing cultural competency training to physicians to help eliminate healthcare disparities in Connecticut.

Keywords:    Research | Policy | Clinical & Mental Health | Patients & Consumers | Government | Profession-Based | Communication | Quality Improvement | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Studying State Legislation of Cultural and Linguistic Competence External Web Site Policy

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (2009). Studying state legislation of cultural and linguistic competence. Retrieved from http://www.rwjf.org/

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) funded a study by the National Center for Cultural Competence at Georgetown University that assessed State efforts to integrate cultural competence into continuing education and licensure requirements for healthcare professionals. The study reveals characteristics common between those States with legislation and States with barriers to the passage of legislation, and the study offers several strategic planning ideas.

Keywords:    Policy | Education & Training | Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health | Government | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Non-Native English Speakers Face Numerous Linguistic, Cultural Barriers to Medical Care External Web Site Policy

California Healthline. (2009). Non-Native English Speakers Face Numerous Linguistic, Cultural Barriers to Medical Care [Audio report]. Retrieved from http://www.californiahealthline.org/

This is an audio report that discusses a study conducted at the University of California-Berkley. The study finds that many non-native English speakers encounter difficulties in communicating with their healthcare providers, which can lead to lower quality healthcare. The researchers interviewed several key experts, who recommend that policymakers address health access issues by investing in telemedicine-based interpretation services and by recruiting bilingual medical professionals.

Keywords:    Research | Policy | Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health | Governance & Leadership | Communication | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Improving Access to Language Services in Health Care: A Look at National and State Efforts

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. (2009). Improving access to language services in health care: a look at national and state efforts. Retrieved from http://www.ahrq.gov/

The issue brief explores national efforts to address language barriers for patients with limited English proficiency. It identifies challenges to delivering language services and highlights successes and implications for future policy as well as activities related to providing language services.

Keywords:    Tools | Policy | Clinical & Mental Health | Patients & Consumers | Government | Population-Based | Communication | Disparities | Communication and Language Assistance |

When the Patient Gets Lost in Translation External Web Site Policy

Chen, P. W. (2009, April 23). When the patient gets lost in translation. New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/

This article in the New York Times is a firsthand account from a surgeon interacting with limited-English-proficient patients combined with a summary of the literature on the effects of a language barrier on healthcare. Dr. Chen regrets providing inadequate language access services in the interest of expediency. With this awareness, she explains strategies that doctors should use to overcome these challenges and ensure that each patient is receiving equal care.

Keywords:    Tools | Education & Training | Clinical & Mental Health | Patients & Consumers | Population-Based | Communication | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance |

Speaking the Same Language: Medical Providers Struggle to Communicate With Immigrant Patients External Web Site Policy

Barclay, E. (2009, April 21). Speaking the same language: medical providers struggle to communicate with immigrant patients. The Washington Post. Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/20/AR2009042002466_pf.html

This Washington Post article discusses the effect of the Washington area's high immigration rates on its healthcare providers and the quality of care offered to patients. The author describes the medical errors and discrimination that can result from inadequate language services, and she provides doctors' and patients' points of view.

Keywords:    Research | Policy | Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health | Governance & Leadership | Government | Population-Based | Quality Improvement | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved External Web Site Policy

Brennan, V. M. (Ed.). (2009). Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. doi: 10.1353/hpu.0.0146

The May 2009 issue of the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved offers a variety of articles that address issues of health disparities and access to care. It highlights medical education issues regarding obstacles and supports for different minority groups during the application process for medical school. It includes a section on immigrant health, which contains articles on a variety of racial and ethnic groups, including Chinese and Latinos.

Keywords:    Research | Policy | Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health | Patients & Consumers | Governance & Leadership | Population-Based | Profession-Based | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Health Information Technology: Addressing Health Disparity by Improving Quality, Increasing Access, and Developing Workforce External Web Site Policy

Custodio, R., Gard, A. M., & Graham, G. (2009). Health information technology: addressing health disparity by improving quality, increasing access, and developing workforce. Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved, 20(2), 301-307. doi: 10.1353/hpu.0.0146

This article discusses the role of health information technology (HIT) as a tool to assist in health reform. Through quality improvement, education and outreach, and workforce and training development, advances in HIT show strong potential to help the healthcare system reduce persistent racial and ethnic health disparities by delivering patient-centered, culturally competent care.

Keywords:    Tools | Research | Policy | Education & Training | Clinical & Mental Health | Governance & Leadership | Quality Improvement | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

2008 National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Reports

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. (2009). National healthcare quality report, 2008 (AHRQ Publication No. 09-0001). Retrieved from http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/qrdr08.htm

The AHRQ released 2008's NHQR and NHDR, which present findings on quality of and access to healthcare by measuring trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, patient centeredness, and more.

Keywords:    Research | Policy | Clinical & Mental Health | Patients & Consumers | Government | Quality Improvement | Disparities | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

National Pharmacy Benefit Manager to Strengthen How it Provides Language Assistance Services External Web Site Policy

National pharmacy benefit manager to strengthen how it provides language assistance services. (2009, June 15). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved from http://www.hhs.gov/

The HHS announced that Medco, a national pharmacy benefit management company, will significantly improve its language access services for limited-English-proficient individuals. The acting director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights noted that this development will combat health disparities, promote healthcare reform, and improve access to care.

Keywords:    Research | Education & Training | Clinical & Mental Health | Patients & Consumers | Government | Population-Based | Profession-Based | Quality Improvement | Disparities | Communication and Language Assistance |

One Size Does Not Fit All: Meeting The Health Care Needs of Diverse Populations External Web Site Policy

Wilson-Stronks, A., Lee, K. K., Cordero, C. L., Kopp, A. L., & Galvez, E. (2008). One size does not fit all: meeting the health care needs of diverse populations. Retrieved from The Joint Commission website: http://www.jointcommission.org/assets/1/6/HLCOneSizeFinal.pdf

This report provides insight into the ways in which hospitals meet diverse patient needs and reduce health disparities. It examines the challenge that healthcare organizations face when addressing cultural and language issues, and it provides a general framework for developing organizational cultural competence. The report stresses that each hospital is responsible for tailoring an approach to cultural competence that addresses its needs rather than relying on a "one size fits all" solution.

Keywords:    Research | Policy | Clinical & Mental Health | Patients & Consumers | Governance & Leadership | Profession-Based | Quality Improvement | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in U.S. Health Care: A Chartbook External Web Site Policy

Mead, H., Cartwright-Smith, L., Jones, K., Ramos, C., Woods, K., & Siegel, B. (2008). Racial and ethnic disparities in U.S. health care: a chartbook. Retrieved from the Commonwealth Fund website: http://www.commonwealthfund.org/~/media/Files/Publications/Chartbook/2008/Mar/Racial%20and%20Ethnic%20Disparities%20in%20U%20S%20%20Health%20Care%20%20A%20Chartbook/Mead_racialethnicdisparities_chartbook_1111%20pdf.pdf

This chartbook provides a framework through which policymakers, teachers, researchers, and practitioners may understand health disparities and formulate solutions. The chartbook presents data regarding health disparities, including their nature and etiology, and seeks to provoke thought about why disparities exist and how they can be eliminated.

Keywords:    Tools | Research | Policy | Education & Training | Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health | Patients & Consumers | Governance & Leadership | Government | Quality Improvement | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Educating Physicians to Provide Culturally Competent, Patient-Centered Care External Web Site Policy

Like, R. C., Barrett, T. J., & Moon, J. (2008, Summer). Educating physicians to provide culturally competent, patient-centered care. Perspectives: A View of Family Medicine in New Jersey, 7(2), 10-20. Retrieved from http://www.njafp.org/publications/archive

This article in a New Jersey family medicine publication discusses the history of, rationale for, and effects of the legislation in New Jersey enacted in March 2005 that requires all physicians to complete cultural competency training for re-licensure and mandates the inclusion of relevant curricular content in the State's medical schools. It also outlines the development of cultural competency in legislation throughout the country on both State and national levels.

Keywords:    Policy | Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health | Governance & Leadership | Government | Profession-Based | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Physician Implicit Attitudes and Stereotypes About Race and Quality of Medical Care External Web Site Policy

Sabin, J. A., Rivara, F. P., & Greenwald, A. G. (2008). Physician implicit attitudes and stereotypes about race and quality of medical care. Medical Care, 46(7), 678-685. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0b013e3181653d58

This study used a social psychological perspective to examine what effects healthcare providers' implicit attitudes about race have on healthcare and racial and ethnic healthcare disparities. The data indicate that most doctors in all racial and ethnic groups show an implicit preference of Whites over Blacks except for Black doctors, who show no preference for either race.

Keywords:    Research | Clinical & Mental Health | Patients & Consumers | Population-Based | Profession-Based | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Journal of Public Health Management & Practice External Web Site Policy

Graham, G. N., Honore, P. A., & Beadle, M. (Eds.). (2008). Supplement 6. In Novick, L. F. (Journal Ed.) Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, 14(6), S1-S87. Retrieved from http://journals.lww.com/jphmp/pages/toc.aspx?year=2008&issue=11001

This supplemental issue of the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice is dedicated to health disparities. It contains articles on a wide variety of topics relating to health disparities and includes an editorial from Dr. Garth Graham, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health.

Keywords:    Research | Education & Training | Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health | Governance & Leadership | Profession-Based | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Integrating Immigrant Families in Emergency Response, Relief and Rebuilding Efforts External Web Site Policy

Wang, T., & Yasui, L. (2008). Integrating immigrant families in emergency response, relief and rebuilding efforts. The Annie E. Casey Foundation and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees. Retrieved from the Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees website: http://www.gcir.org/system/files/Integrating%20Immigrant%20Families%20in%20Emergency%20Response%2C%20Relief%20and%20Rebuilding%20Efforts.pdf

This report examines the disparities faced by immigrants and limited-English-proficiency communities during times of disaster. It focuses on emergency management at the local level since, oftentimes, the local government is the first on the scene during a disaster event.

Keywords:    Research | Policy | Education & Training | Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health | Patients & Consumers | Governance & Leadership | Government | Population-Based | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Roadmap to diversity: Key legal and educational policy foundations for medical schools External Web Site Policy

Coleman, A. L., Palmer, S. R., Winnick, S. Y., & Holland & Knight, L.L.P. (2008). Roadmap to diversity: key legal and educational policy foundations for medical schools. Association of American Medical Colleges. Retrieved from http://www.cossa.org/diversity/reports/Key_Legal_and_Policy_Foundations_for_Medical_Schools.pdf

This report, published by the Association of American Medical Colleges, seeks to provide hands-on guidance to medical schools that seek to improve diversity among their students, their missions, and their policies. The report is designed to guide all medical schools in their quest for increased diversity.

Keywords:    Tools | Policy | Education & Training | Clinical & Mental Health | Governance & Leadership | Government | Profession-Based | Communication | Quality Improvement | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

The influence of physicians' demographic characteristics and their patients' demographic characteristics on physician practice: Implications for education and research External Web Site Policy

Berger, J. T. "The influence of physicians' demographic characteristics and their patients' demographic characteristics on physician practice: Implications for education and research." Academic Medicine, 83.1 (2008): 100-105.

Demographic differences, specifically race, gender, and religion, have been shown to affect the diagnosis, type of treatment, and prevention methods provided to patients. This study from Academic Medicine highlights the necessity of cultural self-awareness and individualized patient care.

Keywords:    Research | Policy | Clinical & Mental Health | Patients & Consumers | Population-Based | Profession-Based | Communication | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Viewpoint: Physician, know thyself: The professional cultural of medicine as a framework for teaching cultural competence External Web Site Policy

Boutin-Foster, C., Foster, J. C., & Konopasek, L. (2008). Viewpoint: physician, know thyself: the professional cultural of medicine as a framework for teaching cultural competence. Academic Medicine, 83(1), 106-111. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e31815c6753

Medical schools are emphasizing the importance of cultural competency education, but its emphasis is often overshadowed by a number of challenges, which are addressed in this article. The article discusses several curricula changes for teaching cultural competence to physicians that will assist medical professionals in becoming more adequate in providing care to culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

Keywords:    Research | Education & Training | Clinical & Mental Health | Profession-Based | Communication | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Demographics and Health Care Access and Utilization of Limited-English-Proficient and English-Proficient Hispanics

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. (2008). Research findings #28: demographics and health care access and utilization of limited-English-proficient and English-proficient Hispanics. Retrieved from http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_files/publications/rf28/rf28.pdf

Using data from the 2004 Household Component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, researchers examined the use and access of healthcare among Hispanic adults with limited English proficiency as well as English-proficient Hispanic adults. In comparison to English-proficient Hispanic adults, it was found that limited-English-proficiency Hispanic adults are more likely to be less educated, have a lower income, be unemployed, be without private insurance or uninsured, use health services less often, and have a lower satisfaction rate with the healthcare they receive.

Keywords:    Research | Policy | Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health | Population-Based | Profession-Based | Disparities | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Race, medical researcher distrust, perceived harm, and willingness to participate in cardiovascular prevention trials External Web Site Policy

Braunstein, J. B., Sherber, N. S., Schulman, S. P., Ding, E. L., & Powe, N. R. (2008). Race, medical researcher distrust, perceived harm, and willingness to participate in cardiovascular prevention trials. Medicine 87(1), 1-9. doi: 10.1097/MD.0b013e3181625d78

Using a tool called the Medical Researcher Distrust Index, researchers examined individuals' perceived risk of engaging in medical research, specifically in cardiovascular clinical trials. This study presents medical professionals and researchers with a number of intervention approaches that may help alleviate racial and ethnic disparities in research methodology.

Keywords:    Research | Education & Training | Clinical & Mental Health | Patients & Consumers | Population-Based | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Health Disparities Report 2008: A County-Level Look at Health Outcomes for Minorities in Georgia

Georgia Department of Community Health Office of Health Improvement and Minority Health Advisory Council. (2008). Health disparities report 2008: a county-level look at health outcomes for minorities in Georgia. Retrieved from http://dch.georgia.gov/vgn/images/portal/cit_1210/5/49/111684019Georgia_Health_Equity_Initiative_
Health_Disparities_Report_2008.pdf

The Georgia Health Disparities Report examines minority health outcomes in each of the counties throughout the State of Georgia. The findings illustrate the need for additional collaborative efforts to truly reduce disparities in health in Georgia. One of the goals of the report is to illustrate what practices are working in certain counties so that others may adapt them to fit in their own counties.

Keywords:    Research | Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health | Government | Population-Based | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Racial disparities in cancer therapy External Web Site Policy

Gross, C. P., Smith, B. D., Wolf, E., & Andersen, M. (2008). Racial disparities in cancer therapy. Cancer, 112(4), 900-908. doi: 10.1002/cncr.23228

This study, published by the American Cancer Society, analyzes whether racial disparities in cancer therapy received by Medicare beneficiaries had been reduced between the early 1990s and 2002 as a result of the increase of disparities reduction initiatives. The study shows no noticeable decrease in racial disparities between 1992 and 2002.

Keywords:    Research | Policy | Clinical & Mental Health | Patients & Consumers | Government | Population-Based | Disease-Based | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Community variation: Disparities in health care quality between Asian and white Medicare beneficiaries External Web Site Policy

Moy, E., Greenberg, L. G., & Borsky, A. E. "Community variation: Disparities in health care quality between Asian and white Medicare beneficiaries." Health Affairs 27.2 (2008): 538-549.

This study focused on disparities in quality of health care received between Asian and white Medicare recipients. The researchers found that, overall, Asian Medicare beneficiaries were less likely than whites to receive any of the services examined.

Keywords:    Research | Policy | Clinical & Mental Health | Government | Population-Based | Profession-Based | Disease-Based | Quality Improvement | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

In the absence of words: A compilation of personal stories addressing the language barrier in health care External Web Site Policy

PALS for Health, & the California Endowment. (2008). In the absence of words: A compilation of personal stories addressing the language barrier in health care. Retrieved from http://tcenews.calendow.org/pr/tce/document/In_the_Absence_of_Words.pdf

By presenting individual stories and narratives, this document seeks to educate and raise awareness about language barriers that exist in the U.S. healthcare system. The stories presented here come from interpreters and language ambassadors from the PALS for Health Program. Each story provides a real experience of a limited-English-proficiency individual and their struggles in the healthcare system.

Keywords:    Research | Education & Training | Clinical & Mental Health | Patients & Consumers | Population-Based | Disparities | Communication and Language Assistance |

Summary of state law requirements addressing language needs in health care External Web Site Policy

Perkins, J., & Youdelman, M. (2008). Summary of state law requirements addressing language needs in health care. Retrieved from the National Health Law Program website: http://www.healthlaw.org/images/stories/issues/nhelp.lep.state.law.chart.final.0319.pdf

The National Health Law Program published a report detailing all existing State law requirements relating to language access needs in healthcare settings. Each State's data are presented in a unique chart with citation to the legislation, a brief description, and coding that indicates the subject matter being addressed.

Keywords:    Research | Policy | Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health | Patients & Consumers | Government | Communication | Disparities | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Evaluating interventions to reduce health care disparities: An RWJF program External Web Site Policy

Schlotthauer, A. E., Badler, A., Cook, S. C., Perez, D. J., & Chin, M. H. (2008). Evaluating interventions to reduce health care disparities: An RWJF program. Health Affairs 27(2), 568-573. Retrieved from http://www.rwjf.org/

The RWJF's Finding Answers Program provides funding for programs seeking to reduce and eliminate healthcare disparities. This article, published in the March/April 2008 issue of Health Affairs, provides an overview of some of the current interventions that have the potential to reduce or eliminate health disparities in real-world applications.

Keywords:    Research | Education & Training | Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health | Governance & Leadership | Communication | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Primary-care clinician perceptions of racial disparities in diabetes care External Web Site Policy

Sequist, T. D., Ayanian, J. Z., Marshall, R., Fitzmaurice, G. M., & Safran, D. G. (2008). Primary-care clinician perceptions of racial disparities in diabetes care. Journal of General Internal Medicine 23(5), 678-684. doi: 10.1007/s11606-008-0510-7

This study analyzes racial disparities within the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes. The findings from this study indicate the need to incorporate strategies such as clinical education about healthcare disparities to improve the treatment of minority patients and to help eliminate healthcare disparities among many racial and ethnic minorities.

Keywords:    Research | Clinical & Mental Health | Patients & Consumers | Disease-Based | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Health care in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: Health care in New Orleans before and after Hurricane Katrina External Web Site Policy

Shartzer, A. (Author), & kaiserEDU.org (Producer). (2008). Health care in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: Health care in New Orleans before and after Hurricane Katrina [Video tutorial]. Retrieved from http://www.kaiseredu.org/tutorials/katrina/player.html

This is a narrated tutorial from the Kaiser Family Foundation that discusses the state of healthcare in New Orleans both before Hurricane Katrina and following it. Much of the information presented discusses the effect that Katrina had on low income individuals, many of whom are minorities.

Keywords:    Research | Policy | Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health | Government | Population-Based | Communication | Quality Improvement | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Identifying and Evaluating Equity Provisions in State Health Care Reform External Web Site Policy

Smedley, B., Alvarez, B., Panares, R., Fish-Parcham, C., & Adland, S. (2008). Identifying and evaluating equity provisions in state health care reform (Volume 90). Retrieved from The Commonwealth Fund website: http://www.commonwealthfund.org/

This report examines barriers to healthcare primarily among racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants, and those who are limited English proficient through the lens of insurance and State-level policies and reforms. The report evaluates existing or proposed policies in five States-Massachusetts, Washington, California, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. It also identifies existing State-level policies for equal access to care.

Keywords:    Research | Policy | Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health | Patients & Consumers | Population-Based | Communication | Disparities | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Ready or not? Protecting the public's health from diseases, disasters, and bioterrorism, 2010 External Web Site Policy

Trust for America's Health, & The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (2010). Ready or not 2010: protecting the public's health from diseases, disasters, and bioterrorism. Retrieved from the Trust for America's Health website: http://www.healthyamericans.org/assets/files/TFAH2010ReadyorNot%20FINAL.pdf

Since 2003, Trust for America's Health has been measuring the Nation's emergency health preparedness efforts to evaluate what is being done at the Federal, State, and local levels. This eighth annual Ready or Not? report regarding the United States' level of preparedness for disasters, bioterrorism threats, and disease epidemics indicates that, while important progress has been made in the Nation's public health preparedness, efforts need to continue, and much remains to be done.

Keywords:    Research | Policy | Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health | Government | Profession-Based | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Creating Equity Reports: A Guide for Hospitals. Boston, MA External Web Site Policy

Weinick, R. M., Flaherty, K., & Bristol, S. J. (2008). Creating Equity Reports: A Guide for Hospitals. Retrieved from The Disparities Solutions Center, Massachusetts General Hospital website: http://www2.massgeneral.org/disparitiessolutions/z_files/Disparities%20Hospital%20guide.qxp.pdf

The findings in this report indicate that although many hospitals collect information about their patients' demographics, race, and ethnicity, they often do not make use of the information. This resource is a guide designed to assist hospitals in using that information to develop an equity report.

Keywords:    Tools | Policy | Education & Training | Clinical & Mental Health | Patients & Consumers | Governance & Leadership | Profession-Based | Communication | Quality Improvement | Health Literacy | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

DiversityRx: Improving Health Care in a Diverse World External Web Site Policy

TIDES. (2011). Diversity Rx: Improving Health Care in a Diverse World. Retrieved from http://diversityrx.org/

DiversityRx informs, educates, and supports healthcare providers, policymakers, researchers, and advocates who work to improve quality of care for minority, immigrant, and indigenous communities.

Keywords:    Tools | Research | Education & Training | Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health | Governance & Leadership | Patients & Consumers | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Black babies at twice risk of whites, study indicates External Web Site Policy

Washburn, L. (2011, March 3). Black babies at twice the risk of whites, study indicates. The Seattle Times. Retrieved from http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/home/index.html

This article explores health disparities in pregnancy and births for Black women as compared to White women. Even when factors such as socioeconomic status are accounted for, Black women are more likely to go into labor before their pregnancy has reached full term and are more likely to give birth to babies whose smaller size puts them at greater risk.

Keywords:    Research | Disparities | Disease-Based | Population-Based | Clinical & Mental Health |

Culturally Appropriate Storytelling to Improve Blood Pressure External Web Site Policy

Houston, T. K., Allison, J. J., Sussman, M., Horn, W., Holt, C. L., Trobaugh, J., . . . Hullett, S. (2011). Culturally appropriate storytelling to improve blood pressure: a randomized trial. Annals of Internal Medicine, 154(2), 77-84. Retrieved from http://www.annals.org/content/154/2/77.full.pdf+html

This study tested a culturally appropriate intervention to control blood pressure in African Americans using DVDs of real patients' stories of how they deal with the chronic disease. Patients with uncontrolled blood pressure experience blood pressure reductions after viewing the DVD.

Keywords:    Research | Population-Based | Disease-Based | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication | Clinical & Mental Health |

Impact of Patient-Doctor Race Concordance on Rates of Weight-Related Counseling in Visits by Black and White Obese Individuals External Web Site Policy

Bleich, S. N., Simon, A. E., Cooper, L. A. (2011). Impact of patient-doctor race concordance on rates of weight-related counseling in visits by Black and White obese individuals [Abstract]. Obesity. doi:10.1038/oby.2010.330

This study from the journal Obesity found that the race of a patient may be a factor in a doctor's treatment and counseling for obesity. The study showed that Blacks may get less counseling on exercise and weight reduction than Whites regardless if the physician they see is Black or White.

Keywords:    Research | Disease-Based | Population-Based | Disparities | Clinical & Mental Health | Communication |

State Works to Improve Indian Health External Web Site Policy

Uken, C. (2011, January 8). State works to improve Indian health. The Billings Gazette. Retrieved from http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/article_efcf15bc-85d1-5af5-b396-eac182a2d146.html

This article details Montana's comprehensive efforts to address health disparities suffered by the State's American Indian population. Montana is implementing culturally competent services and partnering with tribal governments to improve the health of this population.

Keywords:    Population-Based | Policy | Profession-Based | Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health | Quality Improvement | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

White Patients Most Likely to Get Kidney Transplants: Study External Web Site Policy

Holohan, E. (2011, March 3). White patients most likely to get kidney transplants: study. Health Day: News for Healthier Living. Retrieved from http://consumer.healthday.com/

This study from the University of Washington at Seattle finds that minorities have a significantly lower chance of getting a kidney transplant than Whites do. The researchers note that language and cultural barriers as well as socioeconomic status contribute to this disparity.

Keywords:    Research | Population-Based | Disease-Based | Disparities | Clinical & Mental Health |

With Poem, Broaching the Topic of Death External Web Site Policy

Daitz, B. (2011, January 24). With poem, broaching the topic of death. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/

This article presents an Arizona hospital's efforts to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate geriatric and end-of-life services to its American Indian population.

Keywords:    Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health | Population-Based | Disease-Based | Quality Improvement | Disparities | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Pocket Guide to Culturally Sensitive Health Care External Web Site Policy

Hands-on ideas for building effective and therapeutic relationships with diverse populations from 25 different cultures in 11 areas of care.

*This resource was submitted by a Think Cultural Health visitor using our "Submit a Resource" feature.

Keywords:    Clinical & Mental Health | Communication | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Education & Training | Patients & Consumers | Population-Based | Tools |

Multicultural HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis Service External Web Site Policy

A public site where people can access multilingual information on HIV and Hepatitis C.

*This resource was submitted by a Think Cultural Health visitor using our "Submit a Resource" feature.

Keywords:    Clinical & Mental Health | Communication | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Disease-Based | Disparities | Education & Training | Government | Health Literacy | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability | Patients & Consumers | Policy | Population-Based | Profession-Based | Public Health | Quality Improvement | Research | Tools |

Holistic Honu Wellness Center - Bridging the Gap between Traditional Healing and Western Medicine External Web Site Policy

The Holistic Honu Wellness Center is a very small health and wellness center in Berkeley, California where they address the issue of Native Hawaiian health disparities by acting as a conduit between traditional healing practices and the western medical communities everyday. Their current program has been the development and execution of a culturally competent education curriculum designed to address health disparity issues within Native Hawaiian communities that consists of four distinct levels.

*This resource was submitted by a Think Cultural Health visitor using our "Submit a Resource" feature.

Keywords:    Governance & Leadership | Clinical & Mental Health | Communication | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Disparities | Education & Training | Health Literacy | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability | Patients & Consumers | Population-Based | Public Health | Quality Improvement | Research | Tools |

CCATHFieldTest.pdf (PDF - 123KB)

Overview of the Cultural Competency Assessment Tool for Hospitals (CCATH) - a survey designed to assess hospital's adherence to the CLAS standards. The development and testing of the CCATH was funded by U.S.Department of Health and Human Services' (DHHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the Commonwealth Fund. Organizational assessments, such as the CCATH, provide a useful tool to evaluate the structures (policies, programs) and processes (practices, culture) for cultural competency. The CCATH was subject to extensive qualitative testing, including pilot testing, focus groups, and cognitive interviews (Hays et al. 2006).

Keywords:    Governance & Leadership | Clinical & Mental Health | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability | Tools |

CCATHOverview.pdf (PDF - 45KB)

Survey of cultural competency activities in hospitals. Part of the Cultural Competency Assessment Tool for Hospitals (CCATH) - a survey designed to assess hospital's adherence to the CLAS standards. The development and testing of the CCATH was funded by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (DHHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the Commonwealth Fund. Organizational assessments, such as the CCATH, provide a useful tool to evaluate the structures (policies, programs) and processes (practices, culture) for cultural competency. The CCATH was subject to extensive qualitative testing, including pilot testing, focus groups, and cognitive interviews (Hays et al. 2006).

Keywords:    Governance & Leadership | Clinical & Mental Health | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability | Tools |

Therapist External Web Site Policy

NaturalTherapyForAll is a good resource to find a therapist, counsellor, psychotherapist, acupuncturist, hypnotherapist or therapy course information.

*This resource was submitted by a Think Cultural Health visitor using our "Submit a Resource" feature.

Keywords:    Clinical & Mental Health | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability |

Reexamining LGBT Healthcare External Web Site Policy

Out of the box LGBT cultural competence training, including 10-minute original video, slides and a manual

*This resource was submitted by a Think Cultural Health visitor using our "Submit a Resource" feature.

Keywords:    Governance & Leadership | Clinical & Mental Health | Communication | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Disease-Based | Disparities | Education & Training | Government | Patients & Consumers | Population-Based | Profession-Based | Public Health |

Cultural Competence Education for Students in Medicine and Public Health: Report of an Expert Panel External Web Site Policy

This report contains recommendations on cultural competence that rests at the nexus of both medicine and public health. Based on the work of an expert panel convened jointly by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Association of Schools of Public Health, the report highlights findings by educators in medicine and public health on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes the disciplines should understand about one another.

*This resource was submitted by a Think Cultural Health visitor using our "Submit a Resource" feature.

Keywords:    Clinical & Mental Health | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Public Health |

Quality care for diverse populations videos External Web Site Policy

American Academy of Family Physicians. (2001). Quality care for diverse populations videos [Video series]. Available from http://www.aafp.org/online/en/home/clinical/publichealth/culturalprof/quality-care-diverse-populations.html

A series of short videos (two and a half to nine minutes in length) comprises this Web-based training program intended to assist health care professionals in developing cultural proficiency in the treatment of their patients.

Keywords:    Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Education & Training | Clinical & Mental Health |

Achieving cultural competency: A case-based approach to training health professionals External Web Site Policy

Hark, A. L., & DeLisser, H. M. (Eds.). (2009). Achieving cultural competency: A case-based approach to training health professionals. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Twenty-five self-study cases are presented, covering a variety of medical disciplines. Each case illustrates some aspect of cultural diversity, such as language, gender, folk beliefs, socio-economic status, religion, or sexual orientation.

Keywords:    Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Clinical & Mental Health | Population-Based |

Quality interactions: A patient-based approach to cross-cultural care External Web Site Policy

Quality interactions: A patient-based approach to cross-cultural care. (2011). Retrieved from http://www.qualityinteractions.org

This is an evidence-based, case-based e-learning program on cultural competency and cross-cultural communication for physicians, nurses, and other health care staff. Versions of the program are available tailored for particular needs or groups. A course demo is available.

Keywords:    Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Communication and Language Assistance | Clinical & Mental Health |

Advancing effective communication, cultural competence, and patient- and family-centered care: A roadmap for hospitals External Web Site Policy

The Joint Commission. (2010). Advancing effective communication, cultural competence, and patient- and family-centered care: A roadmap for hospitals. Retrieved from http://www.jointcommission.org/assets/1/6/ARoadmapforHospitalsfinalversion727.pdf

This monograph from the Joint Commission is intended to help hospitals to make effective communication, cultural competence, and patient- and family-centered care part of their daily operations. The chapters present issues and examples related to admission, patient assessment, treatment, end-of-life care, discharge and transfer, and organizational readiness. The various appendices contain a checklist of practices designed to improve communication, cultural competence, and patient- and family-centered care; Joint Commission requirements; laws and regulations; and a guide to relevant resources.

Keywords:    Communication and Language Assistance | Governance & Leadership | Quality Improvement | Tools | Clinical & Mental Health | Public Health |

LGBT-TRISTAR External Web Site Policy

LGBT-TRISTAR is a government-funded technical assistance (TA) and training services division targeting providers of alcohol and other drug (AOD) prevention, treatment and recovery support services. We provide on-site and online technical assistance and training designed to equip administrators and staff to provide services that are more accessible and culturally responsive to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) individuals and families.

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Keywords:    Governance & Leadership | Clinical & Mental Health | Governance, Leadership, and Workforce | Disparities | Communication and Language Assistance | Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability | Policy | Quality Improvement | Tools | Provide effective, equitable, understandable, and respectful quality care and services |

Race, Ethnicity, Language Collection - Self Reference Guide for Providers External Web Site Policy

Quick reference guide for providers to assist them in collecting race, ethnicity, and language data.

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Keywords:    Clinical & Mental Health | Communication and Language Assistance | Profession-Based | Tools |

Race, Language, and Ethnicity Self-Check Form External Web Site Policy

This form allows for standardized race, ethnicity, and language data collection.

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Keywords:    Clinical & Mental Health | Communication and Language Assistance | Profession-Based | Tools |