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Stratis Health has a long record of success in working to reduce health disparities among communities of color and underserved populations. Our disparities reduction efforts include projects aimed at increasing the cultural competence and effectiveness of health care providers serving culturally diverse populations, improving health literacy throughout the community, and focusing on specific populations and targeted clinical conditions.
Improving cultural competence
Stratis Health is improving the capacity of health care organizations to function effectively within the context of the cultural beliefs, behaviors, and needs of health care consumers and their communities.
Impact: In the first two initiatives, aggregate clinic data showed statistically significant performance improvement on all 14 CLAS standards, collectively between baseline and remeasurement. (UCare grant and CMS contract)
With assistance from Stratis Health, nearly 50 clinics have worked to improve the ability of clinicians and clinic staff to provide culturally competent care to racially and ethnically diverse populations. Clinics have implemented numerous interventions including:
Training on race/ethnicity/language (REL) data
Under Aligning Forces for Quality, we hosted a training for health professionals on why and how to collect REL information, including data collection best practices and using data to improve quality of care. (MN Community Measurement contract, 2009)
Reducing clinical disparities
We led a quality improvement project focused on reducing the disparities in diabetes care for African Americans in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties. Multiple interventions were developed and implemented, including:
This work led to a decrease in the disparity in lipid testing for diabetes between African American and Caucasian Medicare consumers from 25.0% to 21.2% in Hennepin County and from 30.0% to 22.8% in Ramsey County. (CMS contract 2003-2005)
Understanding barriers to access
We partnered with the University of Minnesota to develop and conduct focus groups and an extensive statewide survey among African American, American Indian, Hispanic/Latino, Hmong, and Somali populations enrolled in state public programs, to better understand their barriers to access and services under the Minnesota Prepaid Medical Assistance Program. (Minnesota Department of Human Services grant 2002-2003)
Establishing the Minnesota health literacy partnership
Stratis Health was among the founding organizations of the state’s health literacy coalition, established in 2005. We provided start-up funds through our Building Healthier Communities award program and continue in a leadership capacity by serving on the steering committee.
Developing low literacy patient education materials
We provided a matching grant to the Minnesota Diabetes Collaborative to develop and disseminate “Control Your Diabetes for Life”—patient education materials that promote consistent diabetes messages across settings aimed at people with limited language skills and those who prefer visual instruction aids. (2009)
Health equity An overview of Stratis Health’s work. (1-page PDF)
Contact Stratis Health for assistance with your quality improvement and patient safety needs.
If your organization has projects it would like to work on, contact us to discuss how we can work together to support initiatives related to reducing disparities.
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