Effective methods of engaging black and minority ethnic communities within health care settings

Author(s): Saima Latif;  

Briefing series: Better Health Briefing Paper 18

Publisher: Race Equality Foundation

Publication date: March 2010

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Effective methods of engaging black and minority ethnic communities within health care settings
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Evidence shows that poor engagement with black and minority ethnic communities in health care still exists, resulting in unequal access and care. Barriers to effective engagement with black and minority ethnic communities include those of language, communication and culture, as well as a lack of diversity in the health care workforce. A range of methods exists that can be utilised to enhance engagement with black and minority ethnic communities, as shown by the existence of good practice examples from London, Leeds and Bradford.

Key messages:

  • Evidence shows that poor engagement with black and minority ethnic communities in health care still exists, resulting in unequal access and care
  • Barriers to effective engagement with black and minority ethnic communities include those of language, communication and culture, as well as a lack of diversity in the health care workforce
  • A range of methods exists that can be utilised to enhance engagement with black and minority ethnic communities
  • Practical considerations also need to be addressed when using engagement methods with black and minority ethnic communities
  • The existence of good practice is illustrated by examples from London, Leeds and Bradford

Sections:

  • Poor engagement with black and minority ethnic communities
  • Barriers to effective engagement
  • Methods of effective engagement
  • Engagement methods: practical considerations
  • Examples of ‘good practice’