Wahl Hall East-WHE, overflow viewing in Rieke Auditorium
ITV to Salina - Room #116
Wichita - Santa Fe Room
Presenter(s): The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
Sponsored by the KUMC School of Medicine, The Office of Cultural Enhancement and Diversity and the School of Nursing
The purpose of the initiative is to enhance medical school instruction by helping students and health care professionals appreciate their role in reducing health disparities in American communities. The presentation is based on Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin.
Specifically, the initiative focuses on racial and ethnic health disparities, cultural competency in medicine, and compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. OCR staff is scheduled to give 90 minute presentations to college students at campuses across the country. These presentations are condensed versions of the presentations given to medical students and also cover racial and ethnic health disparities, cultural and linguistic competence in health care, and compliance with Title VI. Our primary objective is to integrate Title VI into medical school curriculums (curriculum) to enable physicians and health professionals to act as agents for social responsibility in the diverse settings in which they practice. This curriculum ensures that medical students and other students in the health professions understand that some aspects of "culturally competent" care - including access for limited English proficient persons and non-discrimination in health care on the basis of race, color, or national origin - are not only tools for delivering high-quality health care, but also may be legally required.
The curriculum provides information about the legal obligation recipients of Federal financial assistance have to provide service to persons without regard to their race, color, or national origin, and how doing so reduces health disparities that disproportionately affect various communities. The curriculum also ensures that medical students and other health care professionals understand that some aspects of "culturally competent" care, including access for limited English proficient persons, are crucial in providing equitable, accessible, and optimal quality health care services. The objectives of the curriculum are to:
The curriculum includes lectures, videos, case scenarios, group discussions, and power-point presentations. Instructors are supported by a comprehensive facilitator's guide and a hypothetical case that illustrates how ineffective care contributes to health disparities. The curriculum is presented in medical schools is delivered with time allocated for discussion of a health disparities hypothetical case. The "Stopping Discrimination Before It Starts: The Impact of Civil Rights Laws on Health Care Disparities" curriculum covers the following topic areas: