Center on Health Disparities Receives Funding for Training Sessions on Race, Ethnicity and Language Data Collection - Adventist HealthCare

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Media Contact: Jenna Melton

Published on June 17, 2013

Adventist HealthCare Center on Health Disparities Receives Funding for Training Sessions on Race, Ethnicity and Language Data Collection

Award from Commission to help Maryland hospitals improve patient information

Gaithersburg, Md. — Adventist HealthCare’s Center on Health Disparities has been awarded funding to lead training sessions for hospital employees across Maryland who are responsible for collecting patient information on race, ethnicity and language, which is a vital first step to delivering proper medical care to the state’s growing diverse population.

The award, given by the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC), provides the opportunity to utilize the Center on Health Disparities’ resources and experience in health-care research, training and education, to help improve patient data collection. Working in partnership with the Institute for Family- and Patient-Centered Care (IFPCC) and the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA), the Center on Health Disparities will administer three sessions that will emphasize the importance of patient- and family-centered care concepts as well as lay the foundation for the creation of health equity reports to help guide community health interventions for hospitals.

“Since collecting and analyzing data is the key to first identify and then address health-care disparities that may exist in Maryland hospital care, the [HSCRC] is pleased to be working with the Center on Health Disparities to conduct hospital staff trainings on updates and best practices for race and ethnicity data collection from patients and their families,” said Diane Feeney, BSN, MS, Associate Director, Quality Initiative, HSCRC.

The training sessions will equip admission, patient-care services educators and related staff with a full understanding of the importance of disparities and data, how to collect and use race, ethnicity and language data, and how to address patient concerns. Each session will include a panel discussion featuring hospital patients who will discuss their experiences and reactions to being asked questions on race, ethnicity and language preference.

“We are grateful for this opportunity from the Health Services Cost Review Commission,” said Marcos Pesquera, Executive Director of the Center on Health Disparities. “We look forward to working with our partners to provide Maryland hospitals with the necessary knowledge and resources to collect patient data effectively and to better understand how to identify health disparities in their community.”

“The Center on Health Disparities has helped our organization meet the unique needs of our diverse community for more than six years,” said William G. “Bill” Robertson, President & CEO of Adventist HealthCare. “These trainings will allow us to share best practices and serve as a vital step to eliminating health disparities in our state.” -more- Training sessions will be held in the following regions: Central Maryland, Western Maryland and Eastern Shore of Maryland. The first training session will take place on Friday, June 28, from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at MHA in Elkridge, Md. MHA will be notifying all hospital systems within the state of the two additional training dates.

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