Although the literature thoroughly documents the existence of disparities in the quality of health care received by minority populations, we still do not know enough about the causes of health care disparities or the potential effective interventions. Convening interested parties to share information about these issues can raise awareness and engage important stakeholders in efforts to reduce disparities. This grant provides partial support for the Fifth National Conference on Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations. The conference will be held October 17-20, 2006, in Seattle, Washington. The conference will be considered successful if attendance continues or exceeds previous levels (more than 500 attendees), if it receives significant media attention and if the proceedings reflect topics congruent with the Foundation's Disparities Team strategy. The 2006 conference will reflect the growing focus on the relationship between quality of care and culturally competent care as a critically important link to eliminating health care disparities. The conference will continue to feature opportunities to present and learn about best practices and leading initiatives designed to improve quality health care for diverse patients and communities. Foundation support will help continue the successful collaboration of foundations, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, private corporations and health care associations in designing, organizing and conducting the conference. This conference stands out compared to other convening opportunities because of its national profile, its ability to draw prominent health leaders to frame cultural competence and disparities issues, and its impressive attendance record. Planning and support for the conference, as with previous ones, has been informed by an advisory group representing a broad cross-section of stakeholders from philanthropy, business, the provider community and government. The California HealthCare Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation have already committed support.
Amount Awarded $50,014.00
Awarded on: 6/28/2006
Time frame: 7/1/2006 - 3/31/2007
Grant Number: 57249