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PAMF Joins National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities

The Organizational Cultural Competency Committee (OCC) of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), co-chaired by Drs. Barry Eisenberg, M.D., and Latha Palaniappan, M.D., M.S., is pleased to announce its recent pledge to join the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA). The NPA was established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health to reduce and ultimately eliminate health disparities in the United States.

As the country and PAMF patients continue to become more diverse, it is important to acknowledge and address health inequities and differences in order to provide the highest quality of care and meet the unique needs of each patient. By pledging to join the NPA’s efforts, PAMF reaffirms its commitment and mission to enhance the well-being of the people in our communities through compassion, excellence and innovation in health care, research and education. Joining the NPA is one step the OCC has taken this year to work towards increasing awareness and address health disparities. The OCC has led multiple initiatives geared toward educating and raising awareness about specific patient populations. “At PAMF, we are developing innovative programs to address the needs of each of our unique populations,” said Dr. Eisenberg.

The five main goals of the NPA are aligned with the mission of PAMF’s OCC: 1) to increase awareness, sensitivity and insight to cultural differences and diversity; 2) to provide leadership in addressing health disparities; 3) to improve clinical outcomes and patient experiences by addressing health disparities; 4) to support PAMF’s efforts to provide a culturally competent work and care environment for all staff and patients; and 5) to improve data availability and coordination, utilization and diffusion of research and evaluation outcomes in diverse populations.

“More than half of PAMF patients are members of minority groups,” said Dr. Palaniappan.  “Given this enormous diversity in our patient population, we have the unique opportunity to become national leaders in improving health equality.”

PAMF continually strives for excellence in patient care.  Through this partnership with the NPA, PAMF’s Organizational Cultural Competency Committee will join over 2,000 other national partners at the forefront of eliminating health disparities.