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Across the Foundation’s priority areas, our grantees are working to improve the health of the public through innovative research and programs.  The Foundation awards up to 40 grants on a rotating schedule each year.

Improving Quality and Safety for Diverse Populations

Theme: New Curriculum Content, Education for the Care of Underserved Populations

Institution: Massachusetts General Hospital

Grant Type: Board Grant

Award Amount: $289,779

Grant Awarded: October 2011

Principal Investigator: Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, MPH and Gail B. Gall, PhD, APRN, BC

Effective communication between patients, their families, and the health care team is essential to achieving high quality care. But culturally and linguistically diverse patients face communication barriers that cause them to be more likely to suffer adverse events than their white, English-speaking counterparts. Developing capacity for delivering high quality care to culturally and linguistically diverse patients is an important step toward meeting the health care needs of all patients.

This grant supports the development of a multidisciplinary curriculum that responds to that need by instructing health professionals in team-based approaches to high quality care for culturally and linguistically diverse patients, including work with medical interpreters. Instruction will be web-based with opportunities for live, offline discussion in both profession-specific and interprofessional group settings. Interactive case-based lessons will draw on real scenarios from the Massachusetts General Hospital and partner hospitals. The initial phase of development will last 16 months, consisting mainly of curriculum development, while a second phase will incorporate a pilot of the new curriculum and dissemination.

For more information about the curriculum developed, please visit the MGH Disparities Solutions Center.