AMA Wire

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

For Minority Physicians

Video shows value of recognizing culture, language, health literacy

Video shows value of recognizing culture, language, health literacy

A new video discusses how culture, language and health literacy are important to effective health communication. Released by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a sister agency to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the video stresses the need for health care providers to recognize and address the unique culture, language and health literacy of diverse consumers and communities.

The video also describes HRSA's free online course, "Effective Communication Tools for Health Care Professionals." Visit the AHRQ website for additional links to health literacy and cultural competence resources.

The AMA also offers a number of tools to advance health literacy in patients.

April conference to cover research of disparities, disabilities

Join researchers, advocates and policymakers April 25–26 in Washington, D.C., for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) conference "Health Disparities Research at the Intersection of Race, Ethnicity and Disability." Attendees will learn about barriers to health care and health promotion for people with disabilities in underserved racial and ethnic groups, share research work on the intersection of racial and ethnic disparities and disabilities, and discuss priorities for future research and action.

The AHRQ, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities and the Special Hope Foundation are sponsoring the conference.