Connecticut grant aims to improve care for minorities

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted March 23, 2009

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The Connecticut State Medical Society on March 2 said it received a $400,000 grant to fund an awareness campaign to improve delivery of care to racial and ethnic minorities.

The two-year grant, issued by the nonprofit Connecticut Health Foundation, will pay for a survey of CSMS members to determine in what areas physicians and office staff most need to improve cultural competence. Then, the medical society will develop informational materials to help patients from different racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds develop a more effective relationship with their doctors.

"This grant will be key to helping our members communicate better with patients of all backgrounds," CSMS President William A. Handelman, MD, said in a statement. "As lawmakers consider systemic health care reform, now is the appropriate time for physicians to look at their own communication skills and ensure they are not inhibiting their patients from fully understanding and participating in their own health care."

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