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MHHD : Cultural Competency Workgroup

Cultural Competency Workgroup
The Maryland Health Improvement and Disparites Reduction Act of 2012 requires the Maryland Health Quality and Cost Council (MHQCC)  to convene a workgroup to:

1.  Examine appropriate standards for cultural and linguistic competency for medical and behavioral health treatment and the feasibility and desirability of incorporating these standards into reporting by health care providers and tiering of reimbursement rates by payors.
2.  Assess the feasibility of and develop recommendations for criteria and standards establishing multicultural health care equity and assessment programs for the Maryland Patient Centered Medical Home program and other health care settings.

3. Recommend criteria for health care providers in the State to receive continuing education in multicultural health care, including cultural competency and health literacy training.
The workgroup is required to submit a report to the MHQCC on or before December 2013 on its findings and recommendations.
This posting requests nominations of persons to serve on this workgroup.
The categories of persons to serve are the following:
a.  Maryland Health Care Commission;
b.  The Maryland Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities; 
c.  Academic centers of health literacy and academic centers for health disparities research; 
d.  The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; 
e.  Health Occupations Boards in the State; 
f.   A wide range of health care professionals and providers; 
g.  Experts on health disparities and health literacy; 
h.  Accreditation entities, including the National Committee for Quality Assurance and URAC; 
i.   Members of Maryland Patient Centered Medical Home Program Learning Collaborative; and
j.   The Maryland Advisory Council on Mental Hygiene/Cultural Competence Advisory Group.
Interested parties should send to the Department by September 14, 2012 a brief resume and a ½ page paragraph describing how you can contribute to this task.  Nominations should be sent to Dr. Carlessia A. Hussein at
 Office of Governor