FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Celeste Reid Lee
BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION AWARDS $540,000 TO PROMOTE ACCESS TO CULTURALLY COMPETENT HEALTH CARE
BOSTON—May 3, 2006— Minorities currently comprise 25 percent of the U.S. population. By 2050, that number is expected to reach 50 percent. Among the most significant implications of this demographic phenomenon is the impact on the quality and delivery of health care. In addition, cultural differences related to sexual orientation, homelessness and disability affect the consumer’s health care experience. Language differences, divergent values among providers and patients, limited caregiver diversity and other factors can impede access to quality health care services. To help expand access to culturally competent health care, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation (BCBSMA Foundation) recently awarded $540,000 to 15 organizations across Massachusetts.