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Health Literacy Annual Research Conference

With funding from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities [2R13MD006056-02 (Carter-Pokras], Dr. Olivia Carter-Pokras, The Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy, the National Consortium for Multicultural Education for Health Professionals and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities have joined together to plan several activities during the Health Literacy Annual Research Conference in Chicago. Dr. Ana Nunez, Dr. Desiree Lie and Dr. Carter-Pokras will join a scientific panel of experts on cultural competency/health literacy on October 17. This panel will address: commonality between health literacy and cultural competency learning objectives and research questions; a conceptual framework for conducting research on the impact of cultural competency education on patient outcomes; lessons learned by researchers engaged in cultural competency and health literacy curriculum development; and incorporation of health literacy in CLAS standards and what that means for future practice and research.

For those interested in publishing curricular products in cultural competency/health literacy/health disparities/health communication, we are offering a MedEdPortal workshop on October 18. Also, on October 18, is a by-invitation-only meeting to provide feedback on a draft primer of free and low-cost resources for health professional educators responsible for teaching cultural competency and health literacy topics. The University of Maryland College Park School of Public Health is providing technical assistance to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities for this HHS Office of Minority Health funded project. Participants of the feedback session will include 30 state office of minority health representatives and researchers in cultural competency, health literacy and healthcare communication.

More information about these activities can be found here.

Joint Commission & HHS Team Up on Language Access Front

New video urges health care organizations to break language access barriers. The educational video highlights what is required by Joint Commission accreditation standards as well as Federal civil rights laws with respect to patients who are limited English proficient or deaf/hard of hearing.  

California Healthline Update

Medical schools launch new curricula to prepare students

California SB 853: Health Care Language Assistance Act

The first of its kind in the country, this bill holds health plans accountable for the provision of language services – requiring health plans and health insurers to provide their enrollees with interpreter services, translated materials, and to collect data on race, ethnicity, and language to address health inequities.

For more information, please see the resources on this bill.

IOM Recommends More Detailed Categories for Race, Ethnicity and English-Language Proficiency Data

Information Collected on Patients’ Race, Ethnicity and Language Proficiency Should Be Standardized and More Detailed. Read the report.

NCQA'a Multicultural Health Care: A Quality Improvement Guide

The guide, developed by NCQA in collaboration with Lilly USA, LLC, serves as a resource for those wanting to undertake quality improvement initiatives to improve culturally and linguistically appropriate services and to reduce disparities in care.

Upcoming Conferences:

Diversity Rx: Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Popoulations. October 18-21, 2010

The theme of the 2010 conference is “Improving health care for culturally diverse populations: A new place on the national health agenda.” From state initiatives to accreditation standards to national health care reform, improving the health of culturally diverse populations is on the agenda of our country’s health policymakers.

Association of American Medical Colleges Annual Meeting, November 5-10, Washington, DC

Research in Medical Education (RIME) submissions due February 19, 2010

GEA/GSA Mini-Workshops and Small Group Discussion Proposals due March 19, 2010

American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. November 6-10, 2010, Boulder, CO

The APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition is the oldest and largest gathering of public health professionals in the world. The 2010 theme will be “Social Justice: A Public Health Imperative.”
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Cultural Competency Legislation



  • NCME @ Health Literach Annual Research Conference
    • Two workshops on cultural competency and MedEdPORTAL
    • October 17-18, 2011, Chicago, IL
  • RWJ National Health Plan Collaborative Toolkit
    • This toolkit has resources, lessons, best practices and case studies to assist health plans reduce disparities.
  • AHRQ Health Literacy Toolkit
    • The toolkit can help your practice and communicate with patients.
  • Stopping Discrimination Before it Starts: The Impact of Civil Rights Laws on Healthcare Disparities
  • Curricular Products from the National Consortium for Multicultural Education for Health Professionals
  • Conferences:
    • AAMC annual meeting 2010
      • November 5-10, Washington, DC
    • APHA annual meeting 2010
      • November 6-10, Denver, CO