National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Culturally Competent Care

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An important contributor to racial and ethnic health disparities is a lack of care that is "culturally competent"—care that is responsive to the needs and preferences of underserved minority populations. Promoting cultural competency as a key ingredient of health care quality requires consensus on standards for measuring and reporting the quality of culturally competent care. From this consensus, experts can recommend preferred practices and develop performance measures. This project will produce a nationally endorsed set of voluntary consensus standards for measuring and reporting the quality of culturally competent care. At the end of phase 1, the project team expects to achieve an endorsement of critical competencies. If this expectation is met, the Fund would consider support for a second phase of work to develop performance measures based on this framework. The team will also identify areas of cultural competency requiring additional research or development. Fund support for this project is contingent on cofunding from the California Endowment.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
The National Quality Forum
Principal Investigator:
Helen Burstin
Award Amount:
$199,959.00
Approval Date:
July 10, 2007

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