December 2009

Grant Results


The Drexel University School of Public Health hosted the Sixth National Conference on Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations from September 21–24, 2008, in Minneapolis, Minn. The theme of the conference was "Partnerships for the Future: Supporting Practitioners and Advancing the Field Through Innovation, Policy and Research."

The five previous conferences worked to document and stimulate progress in the field of quality health care for culturally diverse populations. The Fourth National Conference showcased the best programs, services and policies to national health organizations and leaders (see Grant Results on ID# 049888). The Fifth National Conference identified and highlighted leading work in the field and promoted the integration of this field into health care practice and policy (see Grant Results on ID# 057249).

The grant staff designed the agenda for the sixth conference to focus on:

  • Addressing the needs and concerns that affect day-to-day practice at the clinical, organizational and community levels. This includes issues affecting job performance, management, quality of service delivery, and overall acceptance of cultural competence/disparity reduction interventions.
  • Continuing the integration of cultural competence/disparity reduction into mainstream healthcare priorities. This includes improving access to services and insurance.
  • Developing a vision for advancing the field. What work is needed to refine, consolidate and advance the field and its practice areas? What are the key needs of the field in practice, policy and research? What standardization and new approaches/practices are required?

Key Results

  • The conference agenda included pre-conference training sessions, main conference workshops, and a film festival depicting a number of cross-cultural health issues. The agenda, abstracts and presentations are available on the conference Web site. Video clips of select sessions are available also.
  • More than 650 participants attended the conference representing 45 states and 13 countries.

    The participants included clinicians, interpreters, trainers, government officials, advocates, community representatives, administrators from health plans, hospital and accrediting organizations, foundation officers, medical educators and researchers.
  • Conference participants maintain ongoing dialogue about relevant issues through the CLAS-talk listserv, which has more than 1,000 participants.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported the conference with a grant of $50,000. See the Appendix for a list of other funders.

After the Grant
The Seventh National Conference on Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations was scheduled for October 2010 with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

 See Grant Detail & Contact Information
 Back to the Table of Contents



Sixth national conference on quality health care for culturally diverse populations: 2008


Drexel University School of Public Health (Philadelphia,  PA)

  • Amount: $ 50,000
    Dates: July 2008 to June 2009
    ID#:  064399


Dennis P. Andrulis, M.P.H., Ph.D.
(215) 762-7638

Web Site

 Back to the Table of Contents


Appendix 1

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

Other Funders of the Sixth National Conference on Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations

 Back to the Table of Contents

Report prepared by: DiAnn Ohama
Reviewed by: Marian Bass
Program Officer: Michael W. Painter

Most Requested