February 2003

Grant Results

SUMMARY

In 2001, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School co-sponsored the Third Annual Conference on Culturally Competent Care.

The goals of the conference were to:

  • Increase understanding about the causes of racial and ethnic disparities in health.
  • Share strategies for providing culturally competent care.
  • Encourage collaborations among groups working to reduce disparities.

Key Results

  • The Third Annual Conference on Culturally Competent Care, entitled "Improving the Health of Our Emerging Majority Populations: A Personal and Collective Responsibility," met June on 12, 2001, in Princeton, N.J.

    The conference drew 215 people, including representatives from medical schools, universities, hospitals, ambulatory care facilities, managed care organizations, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, community agencies, advocacy groups and industry.

Funding
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported this project through a grant of $54,471.

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THE PROBLEM

Recognizing the growing need for the delivery of more culturally competent health care services to racial and ethnic minority populations, the cosponsors had previously sponsored two conferences on these issues: "Educating Health Professionals for Culturally Competent Care" (May 14, 1999), and "Justice and Equity in Health Care: Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities" (April 14, 2000). The goal of the third conference was to increase understanding about the causes of racial and ethnic disparities in health, share strategies for providing culturally competent care and encourage collaborations among groups working to reduce disparities.

A year before the 2001 conference, New Jersey Senator Frank R. Lautenberg convened a summit on "Race Relations and Ethnic Health Disparities" (May 31, 2000) in Newark, N.J. Over 400 people attended the summit, including members of Congress, New Jersey state senators and assembly members, as well as representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The program included panel discussions on such topics as racism and community health, racial and ethnic health disparities, and the physical effects of environmental discrimination. The summit led to the establishment in May 2002 of the Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities at UMDNJ. RWJF provided separate funding (ID# 039302) for a report on the findings of the summit for submission to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services , theNew Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, and UMDNJ.

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THE CONFERENCE

The Third Annual Conference on Culturally Competent Care, "Improving the Health of Our Emerging Majority Populations: A Personal and Collective Responsibility," drew 215 people, including representatives from medical schools, universities, hospitals, ambulatory care facilities, managed care organizations, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, community agencies, advocacy groups and industry. Presentations, panels and workshops included the following topics:

  • "Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Three Personal Stories."
  • "Participatory Quality Improvement (PQI): Integrating Cultural and Linguistic Competence and Health Care Quality."
  • "The Process of Cultural Competence in the Delivery of Healthcare Services: Organizational, Clinical, Workforce and Community Considerations"
  • "Special Initiatives in Diabetes with Our Emerging Majorities"
  • "University-Community Partnership: Community Based Strategies to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities."

(See the Bibliography.)

The UMDNJ President's Office and Government and Public Affairs contributed $50,000 to the conference (see the Appendix for other conference cosponsors and benefactors).

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RESULTS

Seventy-seven conference registrants turned in a UMDNJ survey of conference learning objectives. Results indicate that:

  • 59 individuals anticipated changes in their practice, patient care, organization or policy-making as a result of the program.
  • 66 individuals expressed an interest in attending another UMDNJ/RWJMS conference on culturally competent care.

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AFTER THE GRANT

The project director is considering plans for a Fourth Annual Conference on Culturally Competent Care.

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GRANT DETAILS & CONTACT INFORMATION

Project

Third Annual Conference on Culturally Competent Care

Grantee

Foundation of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (Somerset,  NJ)

  • Amount: $ 54,471
    Dates: June 2001 to August 2001
    ID#:  042098

Contact

Robert C. Like, M.D., M.S.
(732) 235-7662
like@umdnj.edu

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APPENDICES


Appendix 1

(Current as of the time of the grant; provided by the grantee organization; not verified by RWJF.)

Conference Cosponsors and Benefactors

  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/President's Office and Government and Public Affairs
  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - Robert Wood Johnson Medical
  • School/Department of Family Medicine/Center for Healthy Families and Cultural Diversity
  • New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
  • New Jersey Primary Care Association–New Jersey State Office of Rural Health
  • Region II, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Agency for Health Care Research and Quality
  • Medical Education Group of the American Medical Association
  • Eli Lilly

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

(Current as of date of this report; as provided by grantee organization; not verified by RWJF; items not available from RWJF.)

Sponsored Conferences

Third Annual University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (UMDNJ/RWJMS) Conference on Culturally Competent Care, "Improving the Health of Our Emerging Majority Populations: A Personal and Collective Responsibility," June 12, 2001, Princeton, N.J. Attended by 215 people, representing 52 organizations from 12 states, including medical schools, universities, hospitals, ambulatory care facilities, managed care organizations, governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, community agencies, advocacy groups and industry. One keynote presentation, three plenary panels, two plenary presentations and seven workshops.

Presentations

  • Denice Cora-Bramble, Senior Medical Advisor to the Director of the Bureau of Primary Health Care (Bethesda, Md.), keynote address, "Eliminating Health Disparities: Where We've Been, Where We're Going."
  • Josepha Campinha-Bacote, President, Transcultural C.A.R.E. Associates (Cincinnati, Ohio), "The Process of Cultural Competence in the Delivery of Healthcare Services: Organizational, Clinical, Workforce and Community Considerations."
  • Denise V. Rodgers, Associate Dean for Community Health UMDNJ–RWJMS (New Brunswick, N.J.), "The Journey Continues."

Panels

  • "Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Three Personal Stories," Sheila L. Thorne, President and COO, Minority Health Communications, and three consumer advocates
  • "Challenging Cultural Disregard and Racism: A Special Kind of Journey," Beverly Coleman-Miller, Visiting Scholar, Harvard School of Public Health (Boston, Mass.); Melanie Tervalon Private Practice Pediatrician/Faculty Member University of California San Francisco School of Medicine (San Francisco, Calif.); and Jeffrey M. Ring, Director of Behavioral Sciences, White Memorial Medical Center (Los Angeles, Calif.).
  • "Participatory Quality Improvement (PQI): Integrating Cultural and Linguistic Competence and Health Care Quality," Beatrix Roemheld-Hamm, Associate Professor of Family Medicine & Psychiatry; Jo Ann Kairys, Executive Director, Center for Healthy Families and Cultural Diversity; Christine Stroebel, Health Educator, Center for Healthy Families and Cultural Diversity, Department of Family Medicine, UMDNJ–Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (New Brunswick, N.J.).

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Report prepared by: David Kales
Reviewed by: Patricia Patrizi
Reviewed by: Molly McKaughan
Program Officer: Pamela S. Dickson

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