ConsensusReportThe Hogg Foundation and the federal Office of Minority Health (OMH) are proud to announce the release of its national consensus report. The report, “Enhancing the Delivery of Health Care: Eliminating Health Disparities through a Culturally & Linguistically Centered Integrated Health Care Approach,” is a collaborative project between OMH and the Hogg Foundation.

The publication is based on research conducted by the foundation and proceedings from the 2011 national consensus meeting titled “Eliminating Behavioral Health Disparities through the Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care Services for Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations and Those with Limited English Proficiency (LEP).” The consensus meeting, which was hosted at the Hogg Foundation, brought together national experts in health, mental health, substance use and addiction, integrated health care, and cultural and linguistic competency.

At the meeting, national leaders proposed ways to deliver integrated health care services in culturally and linguistically appropriate ways to racial and ethnic minorities and populations with LEP. The report shares the best practices, insights and strategies that were discussed during the meeting.

The key science, practice and policy recommendations outlined in this report provide a framework for eliminating health disparities by integrating behavioral health and primary care services. The report identifies strategies that are successfully being employed by integrated health and behavioral health care practices.

The consensus statements and recommendations are designed to inform a broad audience of health and behavioral health care providers, educators, advocates, consumers, youth and families, researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders on health equity for all through integrated health care.

I would like to thank everyone who assisted in the research, planning and execution of the expert consensus meeting, as well as with the writing and editing of this document.