In order to adequately address health disparities and improve the health of our communities, health-care organizations must ensure that patient information and data collection is valid and reliable. This is a vital step to improving quality of care for our growing diverse populations.

To help improve patient data collection in the state of Maryland, the Center on Health Disparities at Adventist HealthCare has been awarded funding from the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) to administer three training sessions for hospital staff. We’re teaming up with the Institute for Family- and Patient-Centered Care and the Maryland Hospital Association, to hold training sessions across the state of Maryland that will help equip admission, patient-care services educators and related staff with the following:

  1. A full understanding of the importance of disparities and data
  2. How to collect and use race, ethnicity and language data
  3. How to address patient concerns

Training sessions will be held in the following regions: Central Maryland, Western Maryland and Eastern Shore of Maryland. The first training session will take place on Friday, June 28, from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at MHA in Elkridge, Md.

If you’re interested in registering for an upcoming session or would like more information, please visit or email