FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Celeste Reid Lee
BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION AWARDS $525,000 TO FOSTER CULTURALLY COMPETENT HEALTH CARE
BOSTON—April 25, 2005—By the year 2025, the Census Bureau predicts that more than 40% of the Massachusetts population will self-identify as members of a minority racial or ethnic group. And despite progress in overall national health, there are persistent disparities in disease incidence and death for these populations compared to their White, non-Hispanic counterparts. Numerous factors contribute to these disparities—and enhancing cultural competency in the delivery of health care is one way to reduce these inequalities. To help expand access to culturally competent health care, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) Foundation recently awarded $525,000 to 21 organizations across the state.