Eliminating Health Disparities through Culturally and Linguistically Centered Integrated Health Care: Consensus Statements, Recommendations, and Key Strategies from the Field

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by Rick Ybarra and Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr.

We are excited to share with you a manuscript just published in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved (May, 2014) highlighting the Hogg Foundation’s work with the Office of Minority Health resulting in a seminal report titled “Eliminating Health Disparities through Culturally and Linguistically Centered Integrated Health Care: Consensus Statements, Recommendations, and Key Strategies from the Field.” This report is the outcome of an expert consensus meeting sponsored by the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, which was convened to formulate consensus statements, recommendations and key strategies for implementing integrated health and behavioral health care with the aim to improve the overall health status for traditionally underserved populations.

Much has been reported in peer review and non-peer review publications about the benefits of integrated health care: treating and coordinating the health care of persons with both physical health and behavioral health conditions. However, very little has been reported to date regarding integrated health care as a strategy to reduce health disparities. We hope this article offers health care leaders, providers, researchers, payors, and policy makers practical recommendations that hold promise for improving access, treatment, and health outcomes for racial and ethnic minorities.

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Volume 25, Number
2, May 2014, pp. 469-477 (Article)

Published by The Johns Hopkins University Press
DOI: 10.1353/hpu.2014.0100

 

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