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Elizabeth Maynard-Garrett, APR
UTHSC Communications & Marketing
Children’s Foundation Research Center at University of Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee (November 19, 2004) — The Children’s Foundation Research Center (CFRC) of Memphis at the University of Tennessee (UT) has been awarded a $50,000 grant by the Aetna Foundation to support cultural competency training to healthcare teams in West Tennessee. This Regional Community Health Grant is designed to reduce health disparities by enhancing communication and promoting understanding of Hispanic culture.
Titled Salud para Todos (translated, “health for all”), the project will provide cultural sensitivity education via interactive workshops led by Espi Ralston and Martha Kantor of the CFRC. Three broad groups affiliated with healthcare will be targeted throughout Shelby, Fayette, Hardeman, and Tipton counties: the multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers; hospital associates; and students in health professions.
“We are particularly excited about involving professionals early in their careers, as students entering healthcare fields,” said Dr. Marian Levy, CFRC’s associate director of health promotion and grants and UT assistant professor. “In January, we will offer a five-part series of cultural competency programs to students enrolled in the colleges of medicine, nursing, allied health, pharmacy, and dentistry at the UT Health Science Center.”
According to Dr. Dennis Black, scientific director of the CFRC and UT professor, “Our ultimate goal is to improve health services and facilitate access to care. We are extremely grateful to the Aetna Foundation for their support and commitment to addressing health disparities.”
The Children’s Foundation Research Center of Memphis is committed to the enhancement of education, clinical care and scientific advances in pediatric medicine.
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