National Managed Care Forum Yields Journal Article on Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities

Faculty members at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, summarized information from a national forum on eliminating health disparities in managed care settings for the September 2004 special issue of the American Journal of Managed Care, available online. The issue is called "Healthcare Disparities."

Key Results

According to the project director, several people and organizations are using information from the special issue to help develop state and regional plans to reduce health disparities. These include the MidAtlantic Latino Health Coalition and CareFirst (BlueCross BlueShield of Maryland), and the State of Maryland's Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities.

Five hundred copies of the article were provided to the federal Office of Minority Health to be disseminated at the American Public Health Association and other national meetings, as well as to callers requesting information on health care disparities. In addition, the article was sent to medical educators across the country who are funded by NIH to develop cultural competency and health disparities curriculum.