EP Cultural Competence and Health Equity

Expert Panel on Cultural Competence & Health Equity

The Expert Panel on Cultural Competence & Health Equity integrates socio-cultural data into new and existing health technologies and informatics to plan, implement, and evaluate culturally competent care. The panel’s goal is to synthesize evidence for practice to determine appropriate application of interventions across diverse populations.

Inaugural Year: 2001

Chair:
Cathy Meade, PhD, RN, FAAN
Senior Member and Professor – Population Science
Moffitt Cancer Center

Board Liaison: Jose Alejandro

Staff Liaison: Sonya Desai

​Previous Chairs: ​ Cheryl Killion (2018-2019), Jose Alejandro (2017-2018), Mona Wicks (2016-2017), Sandra Millon Underwood (2005-2007), Ruth Davidhizar (2005-2007), Joyce Newman Giger (2002-2004)   

Summary:
In a pivotal report, the Institute of Medicine, (2002) concluded that cultural competence was crucial to eliminating health disparities based on race.  Betancourt et al, building upon the (IOM) report, convened key informant interviews that linked poor health outcomes to the lack of cultural competencies in health care. The interviews shed light on the deficiencies in cultural competency training from a systemic perspective. From health care workers to students, a system-wide initiative is needed to address the complex health needs of ethnic minorities. Additionally, the key informants stressed the importance of the managed care industry, and educational accrediting bodies to hold their constituents culpable from a regulatory perspective and to promulgate cultural competency training as a gold standard for obtaining proficiency in health care.  Hence, the mission of the Expert Panel on Cultural Competence is to develop and disseminate strategies to advance cultural competency in both academic and health care settings that measurably impact on the elimination of local and national health disparities using a systemic perspective.

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