Performance Improvement 1999. Minority Health

02/01/1999

TITLE: Support for the Development of a Research Agenda to Address Issues of Cultural Competency Measurement and Linkages to Patient and Health Outcomes

ABSTRACT: This project will support a pre-conference workshop to prepare for a special session at the First National Conference on Cultural Competence in Health Care. The special session for the conference will address the issues of measurement and linkages to health and patient outcomes. The workshop will be to: (1) examine the consumer, regulatory, and market forces surrounding the needs of Diverse populations, and emphasize the importance of providing culturally appropriate and quality health care services; (2) discuss model programs and practices that attempt to link linguistic and cultural competence to health and patient outcomes; and (3) develop an evaluation and research agenda on issues pertaining to the development of linguistic and cultural competence health outcome measures. The final report will describe an evaluation and research agenda that can be undertaken by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the development of linguistic and cultural competence health care outcome measures.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Minority Health

FEDERAL CONTACT: Guadalupe Pacheco

PHONE NUMBER: 301-443-5084

PIC ID: 6675

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Center for the Advancement of Health Washington, D.C.

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 12/31/98
 

TITLE: Data Analysis and Support for the President's Initiative on Race

ABSTRACT: The President's Advisory Board on Race submitted a report of its deliberations to the President in the Summer of 1998. A "chart book" on the state of race relations formed the introductory chapter(s) of the Advisory Board's report. In addition, the White House commissioned the National Academy of Sciences to prepare detailed summaries of the research literature related to race and health. To support the Department's Initiative to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health and its community demonstration grant program, the project will identify relevant departmental data systems and perform preliminary analyses to support the grant program.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Minority Health

FEDERAL CONTACT: Olivia Carter-Pokras, Ph.D.

PHONE NUMBER: 301-443-9923

PIC ID: 7014

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Office of Minority Health, Rockville, MD

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 3/31/99
 

TITLE: Assessment of State Minority Health Infrastructure and Capacity to Address Issues of Health Disparity

ABSTRACT: This project will examine the nature and extent of the minority health infrastructure within nine State public health agencies. The goal is to determine: (1) those factors that contribute to, or detract from, the establishment and sustained support for such entities; (2) effects on State capacity to address the needs of racial and ethnic minorities in carrying out the essential services of public health; (3) disparities in health status; and (4) risks to health. Barriers and concerns that may be studied include: (1) perceptions of the nature and scope of the mission, role and responsibilities of established State Offices of Minority Health (SOMHs); (2) levels of resources allocated to address minority health issues; and (3) the positioning within public health agencies of organizational entities focused on minority health issues. An attempt will be made to collaborate with the CDC, the HRSA, the PHS agency minority health offices and public health partners who deal most prominently with the State health agencies (such as the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials).

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Minority Health

FEDERAL CONTACT: Gerrie Maccannon

PHONE NUMBER: 301-443-5084

PIC ID: 7013

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Office of Minority Health, Rockville, MD

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 6/30/99
 

TITLE: Evaluation of the Office of Minority Health Resource Center--Phase I, Phase II and Phase III

ABSTRACT: The purpose of Phase I of this project is to develop and field test a research protocol including an information collection method and instrument that could be used to evaluate the Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC). Phase II of this project is to implement the research protocol developed in Phase I, intended to evaluate OMHRC. Phase III of this project is to analyze collected data and prepare analytical reports on data from a survey of actual and potential users of the OMHRC. Specifically, Phases I, II and III of this project will collect, analyze and report data concerning: (1) functions of OMHRC; (2) target audiences and services provided to these audiences; (3) how OMHRC assesses user and target audience needs, ability of the center to meet those needs, and satisfaction of users with center services, and ways to improve these assessments; (4) how OMHRC relates to other Federal and nonfederal information sources, including Federal clearinghouses, Federally supported health or human service offices, and Federal, State and local minority health offices; and (5) gaps in information dissemination that are not being addressed by Federal information sources.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Minority Health

FEDERAL CONTACT: Howard L. Kelley, D.D.S.

PHONE NUMBER: 301-443-5224

PIC ID: 6244

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Moshman Associates, Inc. Bethesda MD

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/30/99
 

TITLE: A National Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) Serving Racially and Ethnically DIVERSE

ABSTRACT: This project will conduct a survey of a national random sample of managed care organizations (MCOs) serving racially/ethnically Diverse communities. The survey will identify the nature and extent of culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS) being provided by these health plans. It is intended to inform and educate health service executives and managers about the nature and importance of CLAS, encourage policies and practices in support of CLAS for all Americans, and establish meaningful national baseline data on the nature and extent of CLAS being provided across the country. This is especially important in communities where language and cultural differences create access barriers and barriers to quality of care. It is expected that the end products will include an analysis and report of the range of such services, an identification of best practices and model approaches, and an explication of the community and organizational factors conducive to the provision or inhibition of CLAS.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Minority Health

FEDERAL CONTACT: Betty Hawks

PHONE NUMBER: 301-443-5084

PIC ID: 6674

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. Plainsboro, NJ

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/30/99