A Culturally Relevant Care Model to Reduce Health Disparities Among Medicaid Recipients

Andrew Johnson, Anita Murcko, Anabell Castro Thompson, Chandra Merica, Mark Stephan

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Health disparities among Hispanics are associated with poorer health status across multiple health conditions, greater use of high-acuity services, and lower use of care continuity and preventive services. A new integrated delivery organization (IDO) designed around culturally responsive care aims to reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes among the Hispanic community by deploying a multifeatured approach. The IDO combines the universal administration of a culturally sensitive health risk screening tool, the delivery of culturally appropriate medical, behavioral and spiritual health, and creative support of provider practices with training and informational resources, financial incentives, actionable data, technology, and cultural sensitivity training for providers and staff. The IDO further distinguishes its unique approach by partnering with a university informatics program to establish a local learning health care system destined to enrich the evidence base for culturally appropriate interventions that reduce health disparities. Longitudinal research is currently underway that focuses on the impact of culturally motivated interventions on resource utilization, retention, and quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-14
Number of pages5
JournalHispanic Health Care International
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2022


  • cultural adaptations
  • developing community partnerships
  • health assessment
  • health promotion
  • psychometric evaluation of translated and adapted surveys

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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