Cultural Competency Workgroup

The Cultural Competency Workgroup was established by Maryland Health Quality and Cost Council (MHQCC) under the Maryland Health Improvement and Disparities Reduction Act of 2012. 

 T​he purpose of this workgroup is to:

  • Examine appropriate standards for cultural and linguistic competency for medical and behavioral health treatment and the feasibility and desirability of incorporating these standards into reporting by health care providers and tiering of reimbursement rates by payors; 
  • Assess the feasibility of and develop recommendations for criteria and standards establishing multicultural health care equity and assessment programs for the Maryland Patient Centered Medical Home program and other health care settings; and
  • Recommend criteria for health care providers in Maryland to receive continuing education in multicultural health care, including cultural competency and health literacy training.  

There are 55 workgroup members and 17 individuals providing staff support. 

Final Workgroup Report

In December 2013, the Cultural Competency Workgroup released its final report, with recommendations in accordance with the requirements in the law establishing the workgroup:

Any questions about the Workgroup should be forwarded to DHMH.HealthDisparities@Maryland.gov.


Cultural Competency Workgroup


Lisa A. Cooper, MD, MPH, FACP, Professor of Medicine & Principal Investigator, The Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities

Marcos Pesquera, RPh, MPH, Executive Director, Center on Health Disparities, Adventist HealthCare, Inc.


n, RN, DrPH, Director, Maryland Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities

Monica McCann, MA, MPH, Workforce Diversity Director, Maryland Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities

Erin Dorrien, Chief, Government Relations and Special Projects, Maryland Health Care Commission

Kimberly Hiner, MPH, Health Planner, Maryland Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities