Developing a strategic plan for a consortium of state and medical specialty associations to address disparities in health care

One of the key recommendations in the Institute of Medicine report, Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Healthcare, was the development of a comprehensive, multilevel strategy to eliminate health care disparities in which physicians and physician organizations would play a key role. This grant provides support for the efforts of the Federation Task Force, which is a consortium of organizations sponsored by the American Medical Association and composed of over 30 major state and medical specialty associations. With this grant, the Federation Task Force will develop a comprehensive strategic plan for organized medicine to define its role in improving care for racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. The initial planning phase will focus on promoting/providing selected tools to improve physicians' understanding of health disparities, fostering the potential role of physicians as community leaders, and mobilizing resources throughout organized medicine to promote widespread efforts to eliminate disparities in health care. The project will be considered successful if it produces a detailed operational plan for the implementation of selected interventions that intersect clinical quality improvement and health care disparities.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $199,471.00

Awarded on: 5/26/2004

Time frame: 6/1/2004 - 12/31/2005

Grant Number: 50105


American Medical Association

515 North State Street, 15th Floor
Chicago, 60654-4820


Arthur B. Elster
Project Director