On November 7-8, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health hosted an experts meeting on the intersection of integrated health care and cultural and linguistic competence. National leaders came together to propose ways to deliver integrated health care services in culturally and linguistically appropriate ways to racial and ethnic minorities and populations with limited English proficiency.

The foundation, in partnership with OMH, will publish a consensus report of the meeting. The consensus meeting was part of a larger project being conducted by the Hogg Foundation with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health. The project will identify cultural and linguistic strategies that can be incorporated into integrated health care services for racial and ethnic minorities and populations with limited English proficiency.

We can’t thank our experts enough for making the trip to Austin and for their rich participation in this important dialogue.  We consider this event a huge success, in major part due to everyone’s attendance and participation.

We are excited about the next phase of our partnership with OMH, which will include publishing the consensus report and sharing our findings at a conference with providers, consumers, family members, policy makers and other stakeholders committed to delivering integrated care services with cultural and linguistic competency.

Look for more news soon about the upcoming conference on February 7, 2012 and save the date on your calendar. I hope to see many of you there.

OMH Meeting 1

Back Row:  Rick Ybarra, Dan Fisher, Jamie Hart, Tassy Parker, Martín Ornelas, Parinda Khatri, Theopia Jackson, Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, LaVerne Miller, Kathy Reynolds, Jürgen Unützer, Meagan Longley, Teddy Chen, Joe Powell, Gilberto Pérez, Kathryn Sanchez

Seated:  Jorge Wong, Henry Acosta, DJ Ida, Gayle Dine-Chacon, Octavio Martinez, Myechia Minter-Jordan, Luis Añez, Pierluigi Mancini