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Health Disparity Websites

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A Sister’s Heart – Reducing Heart Health Disparities in Women of Color

St. Agnes HealthCare has launched A Sister’s Heart, a broader initiative that brings attention to the issue of heart disease while also offering community-wide education programs, seminars and health screenings.

Center for a Healthy Maryland 

The Center partners with leaders across diverse sectors of society to identify, promote and support activities to achieve health goals, including the elimination of disparities, in Maryland.

National Council on Interpreting in Health Care 

The National Council on Interpreting in Health Care is a multidisciplinary organization based in the United States whose mission is to promote culturally competent professional health care interpreting as a means to support equal access to health care for individuals with limited English proficiency. 

 Johns Hopkins Medicine International - Center for Cultural Competency 

The Center for Cultural Competency’s mission is to initiate, integrate and promote culturally competent services within health care systems.  The Center designs and delivers assessments and training services that are practical, hands-on and application –based.  

Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene – Minority Health and Health Disparities 

In fulfillment of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s mission to promote the health of all Maryland citizens, the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (MHHD) shall focus the Department’s resources on eliminating minority health disparities. 

The Quality Indicator Project 

The Quality Indicator Project is a twenty-year-old endeavor of seven Maryland hospitals to collect and share outcomes data with the goal of improving quality of care.  

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The Joint Center Health Policy Institute 

The Joint Center Health Policy Institute (HPI) is a pioneering program of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.  HPI’s research, publications, activities, and projects are designed to accelerate progress beyond listing and analyzing a litany of health disparities.  Rather, they are directed toward collective strategies that will produce real change—and real opportunities for health. 

National Resource Center on Advancing Emergency Preparedness for Culturally Diverse Communities 

The National Resource Center on Advancing Emergency Preparedness for Culturally Diverse Communities was developed by the Drexel University School of Public Health’s Center for Health Equality, with support from the HHS Office of Minority Health, the National Resource Center.  It is the nation’s first online clearinghouse and information exchange portal designed to facilitate communication, networking and collaboration to improve preparedness, build resilience and eliminate disparities for racially and ethnically diverse communities in public health emergencies.

Finding Answers:  Disparities Research for Change 

Finding Answers is a National Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at the University of Chicago.  It awards and manages research grants to healthcare organizations implementing interventions aimed at reducing disparities to evaluate the interventions and their potential for real world implementation. This initiative encourages health plans, hospitals, and community clinics to focus on racial and ethnic disparities as a priority in their quality improvement agendas. 

The National Resource Center on Advancing Emergency Preparedness for Culturally Diverse Communities  

An initiative of the Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Drexel University’s School of Public Health, the National Resource Center on Advancing Emergency Preparedness for Culturally Diverse Communities will serve as a comprehensive online database of resources and an information exchange portal to facilitate communication, networking and collaboration in the field.

National Guideline Clearinghouse

The National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) is a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. NGC is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NGC was originally created by AHRQ in partnership with the American Medical Association and the American Association of Health Plans (now America's Health Insurance Plans [AHIP]).

National Quality Measures Clearinghouse

The National Quality Measures Clearinghouse (NQMC), sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a database and Web site for information on specific evidence-based health care quality measures and measure sets. NQMC is sponsored by AHRQ to promote widespread access to quality measures by the health care community and other interested individuals.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality – Minority Health 

The Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ) is an agency in Health and Human Services that publishes an annual Health Disparities Report. 

American Hospital Association – Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities 

The American Hospital Association is a national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communitie. 

The Applied Research Center 

The Applied Research Center is a public policy institute advancing racial justice through research, advocacy and journalism. 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Office of Minority Health 

The CDC Office of Minority Health promotes health and quality of life by preventing and controlling the disproportionate burden of disease, injury and disability among racial and ethnic minority populations. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Office of Minority and Women’s Health  

The mission of the Office of Minority and Women’s Health is to assure that the burden and impact of infectious diseases among racial and ethnic minorities and women is acknowledged and addressed through research, surveillance, education, training, and program development.  

Center for Disease Control and Prevention - REACH 2010 – Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health 

Healthy People 2010, which describes the nation's health objectives for the decade, has as one of its goals eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health. 

The Commonwealth Fund 

The Commonwealth Fund is dedicated to helping people become more informed about their health care, and improving care for vulnerable populations such as children, elderly people, low-income families, minority Americans, and the uninsured. 

The Cross Cultural Health Care Program 

The mission of the Cross Cultural Health Care Program is to serve as a bridge between communities and health care institutions to ensure full access to quality health care that is culturally and linguistically appropriate. 

Diversity Rx 

Diversity Rx promotes language and cultural competence to improve the quality of health care for minority, immigrant, and ethnically diverse communities. 

Health Disparities Collaboratives 

The mission of the Health Disparities Collaborative is to expand access to high quality, culturally and linguistically competent primary and preventive care for underserved, uninsured, and underinsured Americans.

Health and Human Services Statistics about Minorities 

This web-based minority health data resource has been created to assist a wide variety of users (e.g., researchers, students, policy makers and community groups) in identifying research and data collections, analytic reports and publications that may be useful in health disparities research and policy efforts. 

Health Power for Minorities 

Health power is a non-profit organization committed to minority health improvement through health information, health promotion, technical advice and assistance to organizations, and partnerships and networking.

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation  

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the nation, and has been extensively involved in minority health and health disparities issues. 

Institute of Medicine 

The Institute of Medicine's mission is to serve as adviser to the nation to improve health by working outside the framework of government to ensure scientifically informed analysis and independent guidance. 

The National Center for Cultural Competence 

The mission of the National Center for Cultural Competence is to increase the capacity of health and mental health programs to design implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems. 

National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities 

The mission of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities is to promote minority health and to lead, coordinate, support, and assess the NIH effort to reduce and ultimately eliminate health disparities. 

The National Health Law Program 

The National Health Law Program is a national public interest law firm that seeks to improve health care for America's working and unemployed poor, minorities, the elderly and people with disabilities. 

National Institutes of Health - Minority Health 

An Agency under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services the National Institutes of Health is the steward of medical and behavioral research for the Nation. 

The National Minority AIDS Council 

The National Minority AIDS Council is a national organization dedicated to developing leadership within communities of color to address the challenges of HIV/AIDS. 

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 

The Robert Wood Foundation seeks to improve the health and health care of all Americans, and has dedicated resources to eliminating the gaps in care experienced by racial and ethnic minorities. 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – Resource Center to Address Discrimination and Stigma 

SAMHSA's Resource Center to Address Discrimination and Stigma (ADS Center) provides practical assistance advice on countering discrimination and stigma associated with mental illness. 

The Sullivan Commission 

The Sullivan Commission on Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce was launched in April 2003 to make policy recommendations to bring about systemic change to address the scarcity of minorities in health professions. 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - The Office of Minority Health 

The mission of the federal Office of Minority Health (OMH) is to improve and protect the health of racial and ethnic minority populations.

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