Monthly Archives: August 2012

NQF Endorses Measures of Health Disparities and Cultural Competency

The National Quality Forum (NQF) has endorsed 12 measures of health disparities and cultural competency, seven of which are contained in the American Medical Association’s Communication Climate Assessment Toolkit (C-CAT)!
This is great news! The C-CAT is an excellent tool for healthcare organizations to measure how they inhibit or enhance the flow of crucial information. It is one of the tools mentioned by The Joint Commission as a way to improve patient-centered communication. More information about the C-CAT can be found at
To share this good news, the AMA has put together a press release that can be found at the following link:
The press release developed by NQF to communicate the endorsement decision can be found at the following link:

Stronks and Wilson-Stronks to Present on Faith-based Healthcare at 30th Annual GLMA Conference

On September 19, 2012 the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association kicks off its 30th Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA. Amy Wilson-Stronks will be presenting with Whitworth University’s Lindaman Chair Julia K. Stronks, JD, PhD on the topic, Faith based Healthcare and the LGBT Community: Recent Advances and Barriers to Equitable Care. This session will explore the real and perceived barriers faced by faith-based institutions as they navigate care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender patients and families. Stronks’ research on faith, law, and public policy will inform a discussion around efforts to promote LGBT equity and patient-centered care in faith-based institutions. Amy Wilson-Stronks will share her work collaborating with Catholic Health Systems to integrate LGBT health equity into overall cultural competence strategy.

The session is scheduled for Thursday, September 20th at 1:30 pm. For more information visit: