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									Advancing Health Equity in Virginia
           Quality Health Care for
       Culturally Diverse Populations
                 Conference
            Baltimore, Maryland

             October 18 – 21, 2010
                Karen E. Reed, M.A.
                             Director,
  Division of Multicultural Health & Community Engagement.
            Office of Minority Health & Health Equity
                 Virginia Department of Health
        Office of Minority Health
           and Health Equity
– Vision: Advancing health equity for all Virginians


– Mission: To identify health inequities, assess their
  root causes, and address them by promoting social
  justice, influencing policy, establishing partnerships,
  providing resources, and educating the public
          Division of Primary Care
              and Rural Health
OUR MISSION
Promoting health equity throughout the Commonwealth by improving access to
quality care, supporting the development of models of care and addressing
barriers related to rurality.

OUR PRIORITIES
Identifying and addressing distance,
provider distribution, service
fragmentation and cost barriers to health
care access.
                      Division of Multicultural Health &
                          Community Engagement
OUR MISSION
To focus on social determinants of
health and social justice, in addition to
more traditional health promotion, as
key strategies to eliminate health
inequities within the Commonwealth
that exist by:
•socioeconomic status,
•race/ethnicity, gender,
•immigrant status and
•other social classifications
•geography, etc.


 PRIORITIES
 Providing leadership, expertise and technical
     assistance to stakeholder in promoting the
     elimination of health inequities among racial
     and ethnic minorities and other
     disadvantaged populations in Virginia.
WWW.CLASACTVIRGINIA.ORG
Language Identification Poster
Navigating the U.S. Health System for
 Immigrant & Migrant populations…
                2010 Virginia Department of Health
                 Language Needs Assessments
                                               Patients (unduplicated
                  Primary Language**                   count)            Patient encounters
                                                 #            %           #           %
Limited
                  English                      9,740        89.34%      33,417      85.84%
English
                  Spanish                       652         5.98%       2,960       7.60%
proficiency
                  Amharic                       12          0.11%        48         0.12%
(LEP)
                  Arabic                        11          0.10%        40         0.10%
population
                  Mongolian                      5          0.05%         8         0.02%
data unique
                  Korean                         3          0.03%         6         0.02%
to Virginia’s
                  French                         2          0.02%        26         0.07%
35 local
                  Thai                           2          0.02%         4         0.01%
health
                  Turkish                        2          0.02%         5         0.01%
districts for
                  Chinese                        1          0.01%         3         0.01%
2007-2008.
                  Hindi                          1          0.01%         1         0.00%
                  Hungarian                      1          0.01%         2         0.01%
                  Nauru                          1          0.01%         1         0.00%
                  Nepali                         1          0.01%         6         0.02%
                  Norwegian                      1          0.01%         2         0.01%
                  Polish                         1          0.01%        13         0.03%
                  Slovak                         1          0.01%         1         0.00%
                  Tigrinya                       1          0.01%         8         0.02%
                  Alexandria Health District   10,902      100.00%      38,928     100.00%
Building the Commonwealth’s Capacity to
Address the Determinants of Health…
Ongoing Initiatives…
   Virginia’s Healthy People 2020 Project

Virginia’s Medical Interpreter Grant Program

   Virginia’s Medical Interpreter Network

      VDH’s Cultural Training Series
              and more…
    Thank you…..

For More Information…
                                 Karen E. Reed, M.A.
         Director, Division of Multicultural Health and
                             Community Engagement
            Office of Minority Health & Health Equity
                        Virginia Department of Health
                     109 Governor Street, Suite 1016
                                 Richmond, VA 23219
                                         804-864-7427
                        Karen.Reed@vdh.virginia.gov

								
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