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Diversity, Cultural Competence and Health Disparities

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MGH Resources

  • ARCH: Access to Resources for Community Health Non-English language resources from ARCH, a partnership among Treadwell Library, the MGH Community Health Associates (CHA), the Massachusetts Prevention Centers (MPC) Boston Office, and the Chelsea, MA Health Department (CHD).
  • AMMP Association of Multicultural Members of Partners.
  • The Center for International Health Care Education Program at the MGH Institute of Health Professions (IHP).
  • Cultural Competence in Health Care From the MGH Institute for Health Policy, with many links.
  • International Patient Center at MGH Information about the MGH in English, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Arabic.
  • Massachusetts General Hospital Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,Transgender (LGBT) Employee Resource Group.
  • Medical Interpreter Services MGH department site with many links for interpreters and cultural competency.
  • Multicultural Affairs MGH department whose mission is to facilitate and promote the advancement of underrepresented minority (URM) physicians and aspiring physicians and researchers, as well as to develop culturally competent physicians at MGH.
  • Partners Office for Women's CareersMGH department whose mission is to facilitate the career advancement of women faculty at MGH.
  • Patient Care Services Diversity Program From the MGH Dept. of Nursing.
  • Point-to-talk bookletsFrom the Medical Interpreter Services, MGH.

    Massachusetts Resources

  • Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) MAPS works with and for the Brazilian, Cape Verdean, Portuguese and other Portuguese-speaking communities to increase access and remove barriers to health, education and social services through direct services, advocacy, leadership and community development. Also in Portuguese.
  • Massachusetts Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program is comprised of six regional centers and a statewide office dedicated to enhancing access to quality health care, particularly primary and preventive care. AHECís goal is to improve the supply and distribution of healthcare professionals with an emphasis on providing primary health care services for the underserved populations.
  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) DPH Central Library's bibliography of cultural diversity materials.
  • Office for Diversity and Community Partnership, HMS Created to promote increased recruitment, retention and advancement of underrepresented minority faculty at HMS.
  • Regional Center for Healthy Communities(RCHC) Mount Auburn Hospital Center for Community Health, a program funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
  • SPIRAL: Selected Patient Information Resources in Asian Languages Joint initiative of the South Cove Community Health Center and Tufts University Health Sciences Library. Includes Cambodian/Khmer, Chinese, Hmong, Korean, Laotian, Thai, Vietnamese, in PDF format.

    National Resources

  • Assuring Cultural Competence in Health Care: Recommendations for National Standards and an Outcomes-Focused Research Agenda Produced for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Minority Health.
  • National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC) From Georgetown University, NCCC's mission is to increase the capacity of health care and mental health programs to design, implement and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems.
  • Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC) Established by the DHHS, the OMHRC serves as a national resource and referral service on minority health issues.
  • Provider's Guide to Quality and CultureThis is a joint project of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)'s Bureau of Primary Health Care and Management Sciences for Health (MSH).

    Other Internet Sites

  • Center for Cross-Cultural Health (CCCH) CCCH educates and trains health care providers.
  • Cultural Competency in Health Care From the March, 2001 issue of the Medical Library Association's MLANews, a list of annotated links.

    Health Disparities

  • Recommendations to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities From the website Cultural Competence in Health Care, the MGH Institute for Health Policy, with many links.
  • Eliminating Racial and Ethnic DisparitiesFrom the American Hospital Association.
  • Health and Human Services Disparity Initiative A fact sheet from the US HHS Department with links to many government programs addressing health disparities.
  • Health Disparities information from the US Office of Minority Health.
  • Minority Health Project From the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Program for Ethnicity, Culture, and Health Outcomes (ECHO). Includes links to reports and national events.

    Specific Populations

  • African-American Health From Medlineplus, a service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), with links to news, statistics, research, and other organizations.
  • Asian American Health From Medlineplus, a service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), with links to news, statistics, research, and other organizations.
  • Asian American HealthFrom the NLM, designed to increase public awareness of the health concerns of Asian Americans.
  • Gay and Lesbian Medical Association Health care information for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals. Includes a link to Healthy People 2010 Companion Document for LGBT Health.
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Health Pages From MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine.
  • Health Information for Minority Women From the National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC), a service of the Office on Women's Health in the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Hispanic American Health From Medlineplus, a service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), with links to news, statistics, research, and other organizations.
  • Indian Health Service (IHS) A Department of Health and Human Services agency responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives.
  • Medlineplus in Spanish Contains health information, interactive tutorials, medical encyclopedia, health news, all in Spanish.
  • National Asian Pacific Center on Aging Produced with the assistance of AARP and the California Health Care Foundation. Pamphlets in PDF format about Medicare and Medicaid in a variety of Asian languages.
  • Native American Health From Medlineplus, a service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), with links to news, statistics, research, and other organizations.
  • Resources in Spanish for Consumer Health Information From the Consumer and Patient Health Information Section (CAPHIS) of the Medical Library Association (MLA).

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