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Ensuring Health Equity for LGBTQ Patients Across Generations

By Megan Bedford on 9/15/21 1:30 PM

LGBTQ Health Equity

The United States has a long history of anti-LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) bias that has negatively impacted LGBTQ health and healthcare. Although social acceptance of the LGBTQ community continues to improve, historical elements of discrimination have left an imprint on our healthcare system, including how LGBTQ individuals experience and interact with it. In our quest for greater equity, we must examine this history, and respond with substantial changes to our policies and practices. This includes cultural competency education for healthcare workers to ensure they are prepared to engage with confidence and respect.

Topics: health equity cultural competency lgbtq
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Key Ingredients For Vaccine Equity [Event Recap]

By Megan Bedford on 3/25/21 10:21 AM

This is a recap of a live event held on March 19, 2021, with Dr. Joseph Betancourt and Michele Courton Brown. view the video recording.

Covid Vaccination: Where we stand

The U.S. has recently seen a steep decrease in Covid-19 cases, hospital admissions, and deaths. These trends are a welcome relief. However, significant concerns remain about the possibility of a fourth wave due to Covid variants and the loosening of restrictions that establish social distancing. Parts of Europe and South America provide a clear warning as they undergo further lockdowns to stop Covid's spread. We are in a tenuous moment when our vaccination efforts are in a race against variance and the spread of infection. 

Topics: health equity cultural competency covid-19
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Ensuring Equity in Virtual Healthcare [Event Recap]

By Megan Bedford on 11/13/20 1:17 PM

What is virtual care?

As healthcare organizations look for ways to increase value, reduce costs, and improve access to services, the industry has begun to embrace digital technologies, including video, audio, mobile apps, and text messaging. 

Topics: health equity cultural competency covid-19 virtual care
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Cultural Competency and COVID-19 [Infographic]

By Alexander Green, MD, MPH on 4/13/20 10:51 AM

Cross-cultural communication during a health crisis


The COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable among us. This includes the elderly and those with underlying health conditions. It also includes communities of color, immigrant communities, low-income workers, and the prison population.

 

As more data emerges that show how social inequities are fueling the pandemic in the United States, it is clear that cultural competency and bias awareness in healthcare is more important than ever.

The healthcare system in many states is overwhelmed by cases of COVID-19 and struggling to secure the resources it needs to safely and effectively treat patients. It may seem like too much to ask for physicians and caregivers to be mindful of cross-cultural communication issues and unconscious bias in such hectic conditions.

 

But this is precisely the time when skills in cultural competency are most needed. The Three Tenets of Cross-Cultural Communication presented below are a helpful touchstone for all of us to keep in mind as we move forward in our professional interactions—whether they be in the most critical care settings or in other roles no doubt touched by our current reality. They may seem like simple recommendations, but there are concrete ways clinicians can actively exhibit them for maximum effect. They are empathy, curiosity, and respect.

Topics: Cross-cultural issues cultural competency covid-19
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Quality Interactions Selected as ACAP Preferred Vendor | Company News

By Megan Bedford on 8/22/19 10:31 AM


Quality Interactions’ pioneering cultural competency education is ACAP’s choice to reduce unconscious bias and improve customer experience for member organizations.

We are pleased to announce that Quality Interactions was selected as a Preferred Vendor by the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP)

ACAP is a national trade association representing not-for-profit Safety Net Health Plans. ACAP’s goal is to support and strengthen Safety Net Health Plans as they work with communities and providers to improve the health of vulnerable populations. ACAP members represent over 50 percent of individuals enrolled in Medicaid-based programs. The Preferred Vendor Program connects ACAP members with vendors who are optimized to meet their unique needs. 

Topics: unconscious bias cultural competency Company News
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6 Culturally Sensitive Ways to Approach Mental Health

By Megan Bedford on 6/13/19 11:49 AM

How culture affects mental health

Culture impacts every mental health patient—and every mental health practitioner. Culture is a key factor that we all bring to every interaction, and it can be especially influential in times of emotional distress. Culture, including beliefs, values, norms, and behaviors, affects how we experience and interpret the world, including the meaning we impart to mental illness. In a clinical setting, cultural meanings of mental illness can account for whether and how a patient:

Topics: mental health cultural competency patient experience
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Improving Patient Experience - A Case Study

By Andres Echeverri on 5/21/19 10:04 AM

Massachusetts General Hospital improved patient experience—learn how you can too

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is one of the nation's top medical institutions and a leader in the practice and research of medicine. It was established a community hospital charged with serving the medical needs of Boston's diverse population. Over 200 years later, people travel from all over the world to seek medical care at MGH, and serving diversity is still central to its mission.

Topics: case study cultural competency patient experience
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Religion & Spirituality in Medical Care [Infographic]

By Alexander Green, MD, MPH on 3/25/19 10:00 AM

Expanding the social history

Religion and spirituality are key cross-cultural issues that can impact the way patients react to disease and illness. They also affect the way patients approach medical management. Learn how healthcare providers can expand social history questioning to include religious and spiritual considerations. View and share the infographic.

Topics: Cross-cultural issues cultural competency religion and spirituality
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Cultural Awareness in Healthcare: A Checklist

By Alexander Green, MD, MPH on 2/14/19 11:33 AM


Managing cultural differences in healthcare

Culture is a complex concept. It includes people’s beliefs, values, behaviors, and ways of understanding their world. In medicine, managing cultural differences—including customs—is essential to providing high-quality health care. One challenge is that patients may not realize they have customs that could jeopardize their wellness. Culture is largely invisible to people who share it. But to outsiders, the customs and ways of life of different cultures are often obvious—and sometimes strange. Here's an example from my own experience:

Topics: Cross-cultural issues person-centered cultural competency patient experience
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The Next Generation of Cultural Competency Training [Video]

By Andres Echeverri on 12/7/18 10:30 AM

Quality Interactions cultural competency training is better than ever

Great news here at Quality Interactions. Our industry-leading cultural competency training for healthcare organizations just got even better. We've updated and enhanced our popular course catalog, starting with the ResCUE ModelTM for effective cross-cultural interactions. With powerful new features that increase engagement and deepen learning, now is a great time to utilize our proven eLearning courses for your clinical and non-clinical staff.

Topics: cultural competency

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