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  • Disparities Solutions Center at MGH The first center of its kind in the United States, the Disparities Solutions Center is dedicated to the development and implementation of strategies that advance policy and practice to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health care.
  • Diversity and Cultural Competence Please consult this related web page which has links to information on cultural competence education and advocacy, as well as health information in many languages.
  • Cultural Competence in Health Care From the MGH Institute for Health Policy, with links to Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Health and Health Care study.
  • Recommendations from the MGH Committee on Racial and Ethnic Disparities.

    Massachusetts Resources

  • Office of Multicultural Health, Massachusetts Department of Public Health Statistics, educational materials, information on refugee and immigrant health.
  • 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.
  • Office for Diversity and Community Partnership, HMS Created to promote increased recruitment, retention and advancement of underrepresented minority faculty at HMS.

    Internet 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.
  • Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities Sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. Information for patients, community networks, and researchers.
  • Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities From the American Hospital Association.
  • Health Disparities Collaborative Provides learning tools and describes collaborative efforts by states to eliminate health disparities.
  • Health Disparities Objectives From Healthy People 2010. A national agenda to improve health status and reduce health disparities.
  • Minority Health Project To Eliminate Health Disparities 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.
  • National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparaties Features news, funding opportunities, and links to further information. From the National Institues of Health.
  • 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. Its mission is "to improve the health of racial and ethnic populations through the development of health policies and programs."
  • Provider's Guide to Health Disparities From the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Management Sciences for Health (MSH). Includes audio presentations, links to monographs, and statistics.
  • Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities . Fact sheet from the CDC with statistics on specific populations and links to related information.
  • REACH Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health. CDC program aimed at eliminating disparities in health status experienced by ethnic minority populations in key health areas.
  • Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care Free online version of the Institute of Medicine report from 2003.

    Specific Populations

  • American Indian Health -Healthcare Information related to the access to healthcare and health disparitites of American Indians.
  • Asian American Health From Medlineplus, a service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), with links to news, statistics, research, and other organizations.
  • Health Information for Minority Women Minority women use fewer health services and continue to suffer more from premature death, disease, and disabilities. This page is 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 related to the higher prevalence of asthma, diabetes, TB, and other diseases among Hispanic Americans.

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