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Cultural Competency: An E-Forum from a Fund Roundtable

The Commonwealth Fund hosted the roundtable, "Cultural Competency: Understanding the Present and Setting Future Directions," in New York City April 7, bringing together researchers, providers, policymakers and others to discuss cultural competency research, practice, and measurement. Our multimedia E-Forum features audio and slides from the Fund's Underserved Program Director Anne Beal, M.D., and the following presentations:

  • "Cultural Competence and Patient-Centered Care: Their Relationship and Role in Quality" by Mary Catherine Beach, M.D, M.P.H., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • "Improving Quality and Achieving Equity: What Is the Role of Cultural Competence and Quality in Reducing Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Health Care" by Joseph Betancourt, M.D., The Disparities Solutions Center
  • "The Evidence Base for Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Health Care" by Tawara Goode, M.A., and Clare Dunne, M.S.W., National Center for Cultural Competence, Georgetown University
  • "Cultural Competency and Quality of Care: Obtaining the Patient's Perspective" by Quyen Ngo-Metzger, M.D., M.P.H., Univerity of California, Irvine, and Joseph Telfair, Dr.P.H., M.S.W., University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • "Taking Cultural Competency into Action" by Ellen Wu, M.P.H., California Pan-Ethnic Health Network

A series of Fund reports based on these presentations was published in October 2006.

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