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Reports on Cultural Competency and Health Disparities

The Hogg Foundation and the federal Office of Minority Health (OMH) have released “Enhancing the Delivery of Health Care: Eliminating Health Disparities through a Culturally & Linguistically Centered Integrated Health Care Approach,” a collaborative project between OMH and the Hogg Foundation. The publication is based on research conducted by the foundation and proceedings from the 2011 national consensus meeting titled “Eliminating Behavioral Health Disparities through the Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care Services for Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations and Those with Limited English Proficiency (LEP).” The consensus meeting, which was hosted at the Hogg Foundation, brought together national experts in health, mental health, substance use and addiction, integrated health care, and cultural and linguistic competency. The final report is available at http://bit.ly/PKzKky

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and ASPH sponsored a Joint Expert Panel on Cultural Competence Education in May 2009 to develop a set of core cultural competencies appropriate for, though not limited to, medical and public health students. These competencies aim to help ensure the development and delivery of appropriate health care and population health services and policies and for a growing diverse population that includes those currently medically underserved. Although developed specifically for medical and public health students, these competencies can be applied to any profession working with minority and underserved populations. The final report is available at http://bit.ly/PKyi1G

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