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Who We Are
 

Who We Are

The National Minority Quality Forum is a research and educational organization dedicated to ensuring that high-risk racial and ethnic populations and communities receive optimal health care. This nonprofit, nonpartisan organization integrates data and expertise in support of initiatives to eliminate health disparities.

 
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Our Mission

We aim to assist health-care providers, professionals, administrators, researchers, policy makers, and community and faith-based organizations in delivering appropriate health care to minority communities. This assistance must be based on science, research, and analysis that lead to the effective organization and management of system resources to improve the quality and safety of health care for the entire U.S. population, including minorities.

 
 
 

 Key Issues

The National Minority Quality Forum Is Dedicated to Improving Quality of Care for All Americans

 

Minorities Are the Emerging Majority ✚

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that by midcentury, the United States will have no clear majority population group, but rather a rich mosaic of cultural, ethnic, and racial backgrounds. The nation’s current minority populations are emerging as the majority. This fundamental dynamic presents society with an urgent need for credible, objective, reliable data and minority expertise to inform a health-care infrastructure capable of reducing or eliminating health disparities and improving health-care quality for all, including at-risk ethnic and racial minorities. Today’s health system is not structured to accommodate such diversity, even as it struggles to incorporate innovations in genomics, proteomics, and new approaches to personalized medicine, prevention, treatment, risk assessment, and surveillance.

Application Research Is Needed to Validate “Best Practices” for Minorities ✚

Fostering cultural competency among health-care providers, educating and training tomorrow’s providers and health professionals, and implementing state-of-the-art technology are important issues for improving minority health status. However, there is a lack of fundamental applied science focusing on managing risk, implementing prevention programs, treating illness, and monitoring quality of care for racial and ethnic minorities. Performance and quality measures are being generalized and applied to minority populations without much-needed research.

Minorities Are Not Adequately Represented in Clinical Trials ✚

Underrepresentation of minorities in clinical trials has resulted in science that is inadequate to support recommendations of effectiveness for minorities. Powering clinical trials with sufficient minority participants may be the greatest challenge in determining what constitutes effective and safe care.

Minorities Must Participate in Health-Care Reform ✚

The National Minority Quality Forum is committed to linking the disparities movement with the quality-of-care movement. Today’s performance-measurement and pay-for-performance systems are being implemented without input or feedback from minority stakeholders. These new systems are also being embedded in new health-information-technology infrastructures. Lack of minority participation in quality-of-care determinations is putting minority health at further risk and may increase disparities rather than reduce them.

The Health-Care-Financing System Must Be More Responsive to Human Variation ✚

The current American health-care-financing system is normed to the current majority. Changes in population will demand fundamental changes in the system. Health plans will need to anticipate that their member base will become more diverse and that this diversity could bring with it differences in disease-risk profiles and treatment modalities. Pioneering drug companies will have to determine whether to continue relying on the traditional method of developing medications to answer the requisite safety and efficacy questions when current minorities become the collective majority. As government moves to manage costs and set standards for quality, it will have to remember its responsibility to the larger American community lest it institute policies that leave us ill prepared for our future.

Raising Minority Awareness Requires Minority Leadership ✚

The National Minority Quality Forum is working to raise awareness in minority communities that they must participate in the national debate on health-care reform. Public- and private-sector leaders of performance-measurement and pay-for-performance programs must recognize and address the potential for increasing, rather than decreasing, disparities in the quality and safety of health and medical care. The Forum will work with quality-improvement leaders to participate directly in raising awareness of needed changes.

 
 

What We Do  

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Partnerships and Collaborations

Our partnerships and collaborations are wide-ranging. The Forum works with key stakeholders (including health-care providers and professionals, administrators, policy makers, payers, industry, and community and faith-based organizations) to improve the delivery of optimal care to diverse populations.

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The Zip Code Analysis Project

The Forum manages the Zip Code Analysis Project—a comprehensive health database that links demographic, environmental, claims, clinical-laboratory, and other data elements into a centralized data warehouse, linked by zip code. The project isolates risk communities with high incidence and/or prevalence of chronic diseases, evaluates the impact of specific interventions, and monitors changes in health service and status.

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Expert Panels

The Forum convenes expert panels to analyze existing clinical and performance guidelines, to ensure that they are not helping to institutionalize health disparities, and to recommend new or refined health-care performance measures that focus on areas in which racial and ethnic groups experience poor health-care quality or a disproportionate burden of disease or disability.

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Educational Programs

The Forum undertakes educational programs to promote a redesign of the American health-care system so that it is able to provide optimal care to each individual.

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Customized Studies

The Forum conducts customized studies to localize disease incidence and prevalence by various cohorts, identify trends, and forecast risk.

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Community-Based Programs

The Forum’s community-based programs include disease-specific demonstration programs that employ multilevel stakeholder networks and issue-based media and educational campaigns.

 
 
 
 

Meet Our Team

 
 
 

 Our Sponsors

 
 
 

 

To learn more about becoming a National Minority Quality Forum sponsor,

please contact:

Brandon Garrett, COO