Consumer Driven Initiatives Committee - Connecticut Multicultural Health Partnership

Consumer Driven Initiatives Committee


To contribute to the overall mission of the Connecticut Multicultural Health Partnership by enhancing access to health care and health education for all residents especially those representing race and ethnic groups where health disparities disproportionately exist.


Research, select and widely promote at least two health literacy models that will produce a strong impact and can be easily implemented across all healthcare settings.


Sylvia Gafford-Alexander, Exec. Program Director, UCONN SSWK/-DSS/OSD

Vacant Co-Chair

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Major Initiatives

Recruit, Engage and Inspire to Lead (REIL) Project

The Multicultural Health Partnership seeks to ameliorate health disparities and securing input from the customers and service recipients is a vital component.  This was done by conducting three focus groups, two of which were conducted at the Urban League of Greater Hartford with 52 participants currently enrolled in the League’s GED preparation/training classes and a third group comprised nine professional women of African descent.

Race matters in the pursuit of eliminating health disparities but racial concordance of the service provider-service recipient was not the primary factor in seeking or receiving quality health care according to the majority of focus group participants. Racial concordance was a preference for one-third of the participants but the resounding response clearly described the cultural competent provider as being knowledgeable of cultural implications and the community being serviced. The quality of the encounter was the significant factor in evaluating the quality of care received.

Click here for the complete report: REIL report


Increasing Access and Improving Quality

The Consumer Initiatives Committee focused on three venues to increase access to health care and to improve the quality of health care. In doing so, the Committee conducted literature reviews and site visits of the Community Health Worker Model, Complimentary and Alternative Medicine and Health Information Management System.

Click here for the full report: Reducing Health Disparities Through Consumer Initiatives

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