First National Conference on Cultural and Ethnic Diversity Addresses Health Care Quality and Access

First national conference on health care for culturally diverse populations: 1998

In 1998, a first-of-a-kind conference met to address cultural and ethnic diversity issues related to health care quality and access.

Three organizations organized and presented the conference:

Key Results:

  • The conference, entitled Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations: Provider and Community Collaboration in a Competitive Marketplace, took place on October 1–4, 1998, in New York City.

    More than 400 health care managers and professionals, educators, students and representatives of diverse communities attended the conference, which focused on four main themes:
    • Integrating the needs of diverse communities with those of health care organizations.
    • Preparing clinicians and staff to bridge the complex issues of language and culture.
    • Designing programs and adapting health systems with community participation.
    • Responding to policy and advocacy efforts to assure access and quality for diverse populations.

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