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Area Health Education Centers

Programs serve to enhance access to quality health care, particularly in primary and preventive care, by improving the supply and distribution of health care professionals through community/academic educational partnerships.  AHEC seeks to develop health careers recruitment programs in under-served rural and urban areas for underrepresented and disadvantaged populations.

The Cross Cultural Health Care Program

Through a combination of cultural competency trainings, interpreter trainings, research projects, community coalition building and other services, the CCHCP serves as a bridge between communities and health care institutions to ensure full access to quality health care that is culturally and linguistically appropriate.

Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Policy Report: Cultural Competence in Health Care

Incorporating cultural competence into health care delivery has been hypothesized to improve health outcomes for racially/ethnically diverse populations.  This new approach emphasizes the importance of providing care that is tailored to meet the needs of diverse patients.  

National Institute of Health National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities

The mission of NCMHD is to promote minority health and to lead, coordinate, support and assess the National Institute of Health's efforts to reduce and eliminate health disparities. 

RWJC/AAMC Health Professions Partnership Initiative

This grants program is an example of the many AAMC initiatives to address the long-standing under-representation of African Americans, Latinos and American Indians in US medical schools and the medical profession.

Yale-Howard Partnership Center on Health Disparities

The center works to build capacity by recruiting and developing nurse scientists to conduct culturally relevant and competent research in eliminating health disparities.  Goals include enhancing collaboration in key areas of research and providing faculty development through training and mentorship to a diverse group of nurses.


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