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Master Class

A initiative of the Make Well Known Foundation is the National Minority Cardiovascular Alliance (NMC Alliance), which is committed to closing the gap in cardiovascular health outcomes across the country.  This is being done by collaboratively engaging in research and activities that will consider and highlight how culture and ethnicity should be reflected when designing strategies, interventions or other activities, in order to better serve these populations and reduce cardiovascular disease disparities.  The four populations of focus in this initiative are:  African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Native American.

In order to optimize communication, the following is an outline of the steps that will be activated:   

Provider Interviews

Interviews with providers/fellows focused on barriers to hyperlipidemia understanding and treatment adherence for minority patients 

Patient Interviews

Informal group discussions with minority patients to understand barriers associated with hyperlipidemia  management and provider communication

Training
Program

Development and launch of a training program for providers to increase cultural competence and  optimize communication

Considering the NMC Alliance focus on cardiovascular issues that burden various racial/ethnic underserved minority populations, the Alliance has been funded to prepare and launch an effective training program, or
Master Class, to support provider communication about hyperlipidemia with their minority patients.  

Specific goals to improve access to quality care include:

  • Understanding barriers to treatment of high cholesterol for minority patients, both from the provider and patient perspective

  • Assessing barriers in communicating about the condition and need for treatment

  • Understanding tactics and tools that might support stronger, more effective communication

  • Developing and launching a training program to provide the information and strategies required to optimize communication with minority patients to support treatment of hyperlipidemia