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Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center

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Bilingual/Bicultural Service
Demonstration Program
Fiscal Year 2004

Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center
California Avenue at 15th Street
Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: (773) 257-5051
Fax: (773) 257-5154
E-mail: johda@sinai.org
Title: Improving Access Among Hispanics in West Side Chicago
Project Period: 9/30/04 - 9/29/07
Project Director: Daniel Johnson
Target Population: Hispanic Prenatal, Infants, Children, Adolescents, Adults
Health Issues: Maternal and Child Health, Obesity and Overweight, and Diabetes


Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center seeks to reduce disparities in care and outcome in the targeted health issues by improving healthcare access for Hispanic populations in three Chicago communities. Mount Sinai Hospital and the Sinai Children's Hospital, along with assistance from Mujertes Latinas En Accion, a minority-based/minority-serving organization, developed a hands-on curriculum to train health care providers and staff on cultural and linguistic competence. Cultural diversity training for nursing staff covers areas such as culture and language of patients, preventive care, misdiagnoses, traditional medicine and treatments. Physicians, medical residents, and students also participate in cultural competence training during grand rounds, conferences and meetings. Educational sessions on maternal and child health, obesity/overweight, and diabetes are conducted in churches, schools, and health clinics, as well as non-traditional settings such as beauty shops, barbershops, laundromats, banks, apartment buildings, block club meetings, and grocery stores. During these sessions, outreach workers develop and present interactive and visual programs in English and Spanish on how to access health care in the community, how to keep children healthy, good nutrition for the family, and preventive health for the whole family. Mount Sinai translates all major institutional materials, such as consent forms, instructions, resources, scheduling, and referrals for Spanish-speaking patients and their families. Signs in and around the hospital are enhanced with symbols with Spanish translations and are reviewed for additional needs every six months.



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